SSG Donald H "Don" Bates

SSG Donald H "Don" Bates

Dates of Service: Jun 1953 - May 1955
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  • PVT Jun 53
  • PFC Aug 54
  • CPL Nov 54
  • SGT Jan 55
  • SSG Jan 55

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Iowa farm boy. Attended country school 1939-1948, high school 1948-1952, Iowa Wesleyan College 1952-53, volunteered for draft May 1953, inducted June 1953-served until 1955. Honorable Discharge 1961. Married 1956, 2 sons, 2 daughters. 6 grandsons 1 granddaughter. Spent work career repair and restoration of commercial, Industrial, Historical structures.(My rank insignia with 3 stripes was incorrect so I added to get my "rocker" that was appropriate at the time)

Military Experiences

Dec 1953 - May 1955
Files Records Specialist
Responsible for maintaining AR and SR files, Group and Area Command records, maintain administrative supplies for all group and area command units. Performed CQ for Group and Area Command on rotating schedule. When unit was deactivated, gathered and collated all documents and records and flew to Seoul in two L-19's with Lt Thomas H. Leach to retire unit records, spending four days at 8th Army HQ. I was then assigned to 69th Transportation Battalion, where I did drill instruction and Sgt of Guard until time to rotate to CONUS. Was in charge of rec room detail on USS Weigel from Inchon to Port of Seattle. Was train car commander on troop train and was responsible for all personnel records in my car from Ft Lewis, WA to Fort Carson, CO.
Aug 1953 - Dec 1953
Service Battery
Ambulance driver, jeep driver, truck driver
Jun 1953 - Jul 1953
Basic Trainee
Received basic training.


(1 year, 6 months)
Dec 1953 - May 1955
South korea
South Korea
Files Records specialist with HQ and HQ Co 351st THTG and Chunchon Area Command.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools

Jun 1972 - Jul 1972

Dale Carnegie Management Course

Individual & Special Skill Schools

Sep 1978 - Oct 1978

Adhesive Engineerinig

Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance
Top Secret

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

1952 - 1953

1948 - 1952

Mt Pleasant Senior High School, Mt Pleasant, IA