NORMAN W BATES
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HONORED ON PANEL 34E, LINE 13 OF THE WALL

NORMAN WILLIAM BATES

WALL NAME

NORMAN W BATES

PANEL / LINE

34E/13

DATE OF BIRTH

08/12/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DINH TUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/10/1968

HOME OF RECORD

LOUISVILLE

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PVT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR NORMAN WILLIAM BATES
POSTED ON 7.14.2004
POSTED BY: Vincent Rabbene

The way he was !

The way he was !
Here is a picture of Norman "Billy" Bates the way I have remembered him for over 33 years. He loved the little kids and would always go out of his way to pay them some attention whenever he could. This picture was taken in a village called MyTho which is located in the Mekong Delta. It was probably the last picture taken of him. There was a little orphanage in the village and we would stop in with some goodies for the kids when we could.
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POSTED ON 1.10.2001
POSTED BY: Vincent Rabbene

I will never forget !

Norman,
Hard to believe but today is the 33rd anniversary of your death. I have thought of you often. You have not been forgotten and you never will as long as I am still alive. We were 20 when you died and now I am 53. You sure have missed out. I hope where ever you are that you have been rewarded. I have tried a few times to locate your family, but there are an awful lot of Bates's in Kentucky. I hope that they have been able to survive this.
Happy Anniversary Buddy,
Vinny Rabbene
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POSTED ON 1.9.2001
POSTED BY: Vinny Rabbene

I will never forget !

I remember Norman. He was a fun loving, happy guy. We were in the HQ of the 3Bn,34th Arty together. We shared quite a few laughs and practical jokes together. One day Norman volunteered to go out on a mission and never returned. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. It was just days before I left to return home. If there are any other friends or family out there I would love to hear from you. I have often times tried to look up his family but there are a lot of Bates,s in KY.
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