Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Justin Kenneth Tate

City

December 21, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
28 Army SSG

 

 Died in Motorcycle accident outside Ft. Hood Texas.

Staff Sergeant Justin Kenneth Tate, born in Duarte, CA May 18, 1982, died in Nolanville, TX. Dec. 21, he lost control of his motorcycle just outside of Ft. Hood, TX, where he was stationed. Justin was a decorated soldier. His military accomplishments include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon Army Service Ribbon and Combat Infantry Badge. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Staff Sergeant Dawn Tate of Killeen, TX. who is expecting their first son, Connor Justin Tate, due April 20, 2011. His daughter, Michele Rene Tate of Fargo, N.D. His proud parents, Deborah L. Tate & David B. Tate of Ukiah, CA. "His rock"-Grandmother Brenda Ganatos of Lapine, OR. Adoring sister Ashley Rene Tate-Scott of Ukiah, CA. Sister, Leah Hurley-Tate of Exeter N.H. as well as numerous loving family members & friends. He will ALWAYS be remembered for his astounding love for his family, country, & his borthers in arms. He had an innate ability to make everyone laugh. His favorite things consisted of hunting, fishing, cutting wood, & teasing his sister, cousins, & grandmother "Keep it up Gram, and I'll send you to Shady Pines!"He belonged to the Ukiah Gun Club, where he was a Jr. trap shooter & earned several awards for his marksmanship. Justin always said during war "The angel on my shoulder has brass balls", that angel helped him thru three tours in Iraq to come home safely. Some of his favorite quotes were "You put your back against my back so we don't have to sleep with our heads in the mud"-Forrest Gump. "Close, only counts in horse shoes & hand grenades!"-beloved Gram & he always told his sister Ashley, "Live on your feet, don't die on your knees."-Military quote. He was a man that loved with his whole heart; that everyone loved who knew him & he will never be forgotten. We love you Justin and will always miss you. Services to be held Mon. Jan. 3 at 10:30 am at; Acheson & Graham Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave., Riverside CA. Burial to be held at Riverside National Cemetery following the service, with full military honors. A Memorial Service in Ukiah will be planned in the future.

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