BRUCE E YATES
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HONORED ON PANEL 12E, LINE 40 OF THE WALL

BRUCE EDGAR YATES

WALL NAME

BRUCE E YATES

PANEL / LINE

12E/40

DATE OF BIRTH

11/15/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/07/1966

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ALAMEDA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Alameda County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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LEFT FOR BRUCE EDGAR YATES
POSTED ON 9.30.2003
POSTED BY: Crystal Yates

Thank You

Dear Bruse, Hello, My name is Crystal Yates and I would just like to tell you that I am proud of you and all those who died for the present and the future generation and may you rest in peace. Thank You, Crystal L. Yates
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POSTED ON 2.28.2003
POSTED BY: David Stone

You've been on my mind since we last met

Bruce and I attended Basic, AIT and OCS together. As I remember he was set back so he graduated with the OCS class after mine and I lost all track of him. I saw Bruce again in October of 1966 in an LZ somewhere in the western central highlands as I remember. He was an FO as was I though in different units which by coincidence cohabited the same LZ briefly. We talked as old friends do. He was rather reserved and before we parted to attend to our respective duties he said "Dave, I'm not going to get out of here alive." I said "sure you will" or words to that effect. We parted and I never saw him again. Some weeks later I heard from another OCS classmate, that Bruce had been killed. His words have haunted me ever since. Years ago I visited the Wall with my then 10 year old son and "talked" to Bruce again. He was a fine man and I will never forget him.
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POSTED ON 11.15.2002
POSTED BY: Richard A. Stender

Bruce the Candidate Bull

Bruce was in Class 09-65 at the F/Arty OCS at Ft. Sill. I was a class behind him and suffered under the harrassment of those who were in his class and because he was in my barracks, Bruce was really tough. I remember one day when I, several years older than Bruce, was really discouraged and was on my knees, cleaning the latrine. He came in and started to eat me up for what he perceived to be less than perfect effort. I guess he knew I was close to breaking, because he stopped and sat down and talked to me, man to man. While I cannot remember his exact words, I do know that he encouraged me and told me that I had special talents that would make me a good officer. He gave me a special boost when I most needed it.

I left OCS without a commission, but achieved success as a Warrant Officer. I happened to be selected to carry the flag for the Ft. Belvoir contingent, when the Wall was dedicated. After we had marched through DC to the memorial, I walked to the wall and it was then that I realized that Bruce had been killed. I rubbed my hand on his name and cried for a long time. Bruce Yates was a good man, who had a hand in changing my life. I am sitting here writing, wondering if there are any others in this world who remember Bruce Yates. God Bless Him.
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POSTED ON 11.7.2000
POSTED BY: Cpt. Christopher J. Heather, USAF-R

Who was Bruce Yates?

....Even though I didn't know Lt. Bruce Yates, I can tell you a lot about him. Lt. Yates died at the age of 25. While most young men and women his age opposed the war, Bruce Yates did his duty and served his nation proudly. If he were alive today, he would be 59 years old. He probably would have a wife and several children, and perhaps a grandchild or two. He would have had the opportunity to enjoy the adventures of life, and probably would have had his share of heartache too. No, I didn't know Bruce Yates, but in a way I do know a lot about him. He wasn't a draft dodger, nor was he a campus protester. He was a young man who did his duty, and paid the ultimate price. To you Lt. Yates, and the thousands of others like you who died in Viet Nam, I salute your memory sir, and thank you for your sacrifice.
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