ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A fallen New Mexico Army veteran finally received a long awaited honor.
Senator Martin Heinrich held a medal ceremony Wednesday at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial to recognize Colonel Robert J. Fate.
Fate was recommended for a Bronze Star for his service during World War II but never received it.
The senator’s office worked to resolve the Army’s paperwork and Senator Heinrich presented a Bronze Star to Fate’s family.
Colonel Fate served in an Army tank battalion where they secured one of the military’s most critical crossing points on a Nazi-controlled river in Europe.
Fate was born in Idaho. After serving 21 years in the Army he came to work at White Sands Missile Range. He died at the age of 94.