Paul L. Bates

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Birthday
4, 1908
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Feb 21, 1995 (86)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
4, 1908
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Feb 21, 1995 (86)

About

White commander of the first African-American tank battalion to see combat action during World War II.

Before Fame

His battalion, which had as its emblem a black panther, was trained in strictly segregated quarters.

Trivia

His battalion arrived at the front lines of battle in November of 1944 and fought for nearly six straight months without any relief.

Family Life

He grew up in Los Angeles, California.

Associated With

Jackie Robinson was among the men in Bates' 761 Tank Battalion, but Robinson left the battalion and played baseball instead.