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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel 1
Birth:
17 Feb 1918 1
Marfa, Presidio, Texas 2
Texas 1
Death:
22 Dec 1943 1
Europe 1
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Lord Trenchard Inspects Crew Of Consolidated B-24 Liberator, "Ball Of Fire" At A U.S. Bomber Station In England. Crew Members Are (Left To Right) Capt. Joseph S. Tate, Pilot, St. Augustine, Fla.; 2Nd Lt. Thomas B. Roll, Co-Pilot, Milwaukee, Wisc., 2Nd Lt
8th Army Air Force shoulder patch.jpg
8th Army Air Force shoulder patch.jpg
93rd Bombardment Group, Heavy insignia.jpg
93rd Bombardment Group, Heavy insignia.jpg
Motto: Ferite Pro Libertate = Wounds for Freedom
328th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy patch.jpg
328th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy patch.jpg
409th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy patch.jpg
409th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy patch.jpg
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93rd Bomb Group Crew.jpg
Lt. Col. Joseph S. Tate, Sgt. Edward J. Rubin, and TSgt. Gottrell H. Wright in front of Consolidated B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Ball Of Fire III". American Air Museum in Britain, Roger Freeman Collection
Consolidated B-24Dof the 93rd Bombardment Group, Heavy .jpg
Consolidated B-24Dof the 93rd Bombardment Group, Heavy .jpg
"Hellsadroppin' II" landing (1942)
Silver Star with Ribbon Bar.jpg
Silver Star with Ribbon Bar.jpg
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Purple Heart Medal and Ribbon.jpg
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Air Medal with ribbon.JPG
WWII American Campaign Medal and Ribbon.jpg
WWII American Campaign Medal and Ribbon.jpg
European-African-Middle Eastern Campign Medal and Ribbon.jpg
European-African-Middle Eastern Campign Medal and Ribbon.jpg
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WWII Victory Medal and Ribbon.JPG
Joseph and Frederic Tate listing.jpg
Joseph and Frederic Tate listing.jpg
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Full Name:
Joseph Scranton Tate Jr 1
Birth:
17 Feb 1918 1
Marfa, Presidio, Texas 2
Texas 1
Death:
22 Dec 1943 1
Europe 1
Burial:
Memorialized 3
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, Cambridgeshire, England 3
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Birth:
Mother: Alice Maud Sargent 1
Father: Joseph Scranton Tate 1
Marriage:
Margaret Blanton Husson 4
1942 4
Saint Johns County, Florida 4
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel 1
Service Number:
O-024034 5
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Education:
USMA West Point NY 1

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Joseph served in the Army Air Corps in the 8th Air Force 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron in Hardwick, Norfork, England where he was on the crew of a Consolidated B-24. Joseph also served in the 9th Air Force, 93rd Bomb Group Heavy, 328th Bomb Squadron in Africa. He is listed as Command Pilot on a B-24 on the 1 Aug 1943 raid of the Ploesti oil fields in Romania. 

Joseph Tate had a short but distinguished military career that ended when he died during WWII. According to the Missing Air Crew Report, MACR, for the mission which took his life and those of eight other crew members, the plane was hit by enemy flak on a mission to Osnabruck. The crew was originally MIA until later when it was determined that they all perished. 

Lt Col Tate's awards are listed, which include: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, and the French Croix de Guerre.

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