Private Fred Buford Bates was the son of Thomas Alfred Bates and Nannie Elizabeth Dellinger. He was the brother of Lucile Bates, Roy J. Bates, Earl Henry Bates, Rosa L. Bates, Mildred P. Bates and Shirley Jean Bates. He enlisted in the military on July 17, 1943 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He served in the 313th Infantry. Private Fred B. Bates was killed in action in France.
He was buried July 23, 1948, in the U.S. National Cemetery, Knoxville.

The Knoxville Journal, 6 August 1944
Pvt. Fred B. Bates, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bates of Route 4, Knoxville, who was wounded in action in France on June 22, died June 24, according to information received from the War Department. Private Bates was a former student of Carter High School and had he not entered the service he would have graduated in May with the class of 1944. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Seaman Second Class Roy Bates, stationed in Hawaii, and Earl Bates of Knoxville; six sisters, Misses Lucille, Rosa, Pauline, Shirley, Marie and Betty Bates, all of Knoxville and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Widener of Route 4, Knoxville and Mrs. Ida Lane Asbury.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 9 February 1924
  • Date of death: 24 June 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 313th Infantry
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: Charles F. Brakebill

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