Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
(Tate pictured with Herndon Inge)
Tate was also presented with these custom made shadow boxes that proudly display his most treasured WWII surplus and medals
Our family continues to respect and admire Uncle Tate. He has such a genuine personality and is just a joy to conversate. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tate as he struggles through some health problems. I'd like to tell Tate the Great that we deeply appreciate his service for our country when we needed him most.
Veteran's Day, Nov. 11th as we celebrate our freedom, my thoughts will be with Uncle Tate. Find out how a shoe store keeper in Kansas campaigned to have Armistice Day turned into Veterans Day here. and another easy to read article about Armistice Day here
Monday, October 26, 2009
These handpainted creek rocks was sold to a very good customer of mine. They sent me messages to tell me how much they enjoy the owl family in their living room.
You never know what you might find on the Edge of the Wildwood
Wiki on owls
Saturday, October 24, 2009
SUPER-CARNIE RESCUED FROM RIVER
I'm waiting to see a Snuggie/Crocs combination on one of my favorite TV shows"
(pursuit ends quickly, suspect cannot run in Crocs)
officer #2: arms behind your back...wait, your back. hmm, where's his head going?
officer #1: I think that is his back, go ahead and cuff him so I can search this bathrobe
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
As part of Patton's 3rd Army, 62nd Armored Field Artilley Battalion, Tate was sent from Casablanca to Tunisa to Italy. And now his unit was shipped to Scotland to prepare (and to wait) for D Day. On June 6th they crossed the English Channel and landed at Normandy. A soldier next to Tate, named Pilch was killed.
Tate was wounded by some schrapel that hit him in the shoulder. The projectile traveled to his back, where it is still lodged today. Tate was sent back to the States with 2 bronze stars.
For details about the Invasion of Normandy - follow the links built into this article. Part V of 'Tate the Great' will cover his medals and the documenting of Tate's experiences during and after The War.
Another great link to explore ; eyewitness accounts of D Day
Monday, October 19, 2009
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Let me take you back to October 1984. The arrangements and decorations have been a group effort by both our families, and our closest friends are there to wish us well. An evening ceremony will make for nice candlelight, and the beautiful church is a lovely setting.
When I arrived at the church in my wedding gown with one small makeup bag,I made a quick turn into the ladies room. In about 5 minutes I came into the lobby, and I guess that was the cue for the ceremony to begin.
I remember the pride I felt when I saw Jody at the altar. I don't recall anyone else being there at that moment. We were both shaking and smiling. It was perfect.
Over the years, I have learning to appreciate the good marriage we have. And I look forward to 25 more years with my Jody:)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tate's 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion was active in the Eurpoean Theater Be sure to view some photos of the soldiers here. They were sent to N. Africa to fight Germans with Patton's Own 3rd Army.
As they moved forward to Bizerte, Tunisia, Tate saw thousands of Germans surrender. He said they were so glad not to captured by Russians, they put down their weapons and walked down the road to a holding area. Tate recalls the hills and roads were blanketed with German soliders walking to that place.
In the Tunisia Campaign, 230,ooo German and Italian troops were taken as prisoners of war.
Photo of Tate's parents:
Be sure to catch the next in our 'Tate the Great' series - and find out Tate's role in D Day.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
CAREY & LUCY
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Tate was in the 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion. He was a forward observer in a tank and part of Patton's 3rd Army.
When the plans for the Allied conquest of the island of Sicily called for a British Army to capture the key port of Messina, Patton decided the would get there first. On August 17, 1943 American troops took Messina from the Germans. At the Strait of Messina Lieutenant General Geo. Patton gave Tate a pat on the back and a pep talk!
I found an interesting book on Amazon.com calld FIRST AND TEN that might also interest my readers, An account of a forward observer in 3rd Army.