A Soldier's Story: Captain Tommie William Bates


Captain Tommie William Bates was born on November 30, 1962, in Coventry Rhode Island. He received an appointment at the US Military Academy at West Point after his graduation from Coventry High School.

While at West Point, he participated in Cadet Chapel and was a member of the speech team.  He graduated in 1986 and was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division as a Field Artillery Officer and would deploy with the Division in August 1990 for Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield.

On September 14, 1990, Captain Bates would die during his service following injuries sustained in a truck accident.  He rests at the Woodland Cemetery in Coventry Rhode Island.