Tate was in the National Guard in 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked and was quickly inducted in to the Army. He was in the 62nd Armored Field Artilley Battalion as a forward observer in a tank with track wheels. Tate was trained as a gunner and radio operator.
(the milittary insignia for Armored Field soldiers)
His battalion was shipped out for the European Theather aboard the Santa Elena to Casablanca. Tate was assigned a machine gun nest to guard the beach. The 62nd was attached to Gen. Patton's 3rd Army - known as 'Patton's Own"
Find out where Uncle Tate met Gen. Patton in our next Tate the Great article...