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Sgt Todd Michael Bates
Birth: Mar. 29, 1983
Belmont County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 10, 2003
Baghdad, Iraq

Bellaire, Ohio When his squad leader lost his balance and fell from a patrol boat into Iraq's Tigris River, Spc. Todd M. Bates plunged in to try to rescue him."Todd always wanted to be somebody," said the Rev. Don Cordery, the soldier's high school football team chaplain. Bates succeeded in that goal, Cordery said, becoming "an American hero."The 20-year-old gunner from Bellaire, Ohio, drowned along with Staff Sgt. Aaron Reese on Dec. 10, 2003. Both were members of the 135th Military Police Company, based in the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park, Ohio.Bates wrote his grandmother from Iraq, telling the woman who raised him that he was grateful for his upbringing. "He said when he saw the kids over there he appreciated all the things he had," Shirley Bates said."The selfless sacrifice of Spc. Bates is incredible," said Maj. Gen. John Smith, adjutant general of Ohio.  
Greenwood Cemetery
Belmont County
Ohio, USA
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Record added: Dec 01, 2004
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