New Mexico fallen veteran receives Bronze Star

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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