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Paul Levern Bates
Birth: Mar. 4, 1908
Death: Feb. 21, 1995

United States Army Officer. He was the white Colonel who refused to court martial future Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. Colonel Bates was the commander of the first black tank battalion to go into battle in World War II. At a segregated boot camp in Texas, he refused to court martial a black officer for refusing to move to the back of a bus at Fort Hood. That officer was Jackie Robinson, who was tried for insubordination, acquitted, and went on to break the color barrier in major league baseball by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60, Lot 6101, Map grid KK 22.5
 
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Record added: Sep 13, 2000
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