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Officer speaks at Lions Club veterans event

November 09, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

It was all about pride Tuesday at the Hagerstown Lions Club salute to veterans, collective pride of country coupled with a personal pride shared by a father and son.

Keynote speaker was Lt. Col. Clyde Tate II, who was introduced by his father.

"It's a dream come true to be with my family here and be introduced by my father ... with my mother present," Tate said.

A self-professed Army brat, he attended Smithsburg High School and played sports in the Hagerstown area before moving away with his family.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas, he earned his law degree there in 1982.

Entering the Army the same year, he joined the Judge Advocate General's staff and was a prosecutor both in the United States and Germany.

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After stints at various posts within the stateside JAG Corps, Tate is serving as JAG officer for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He and his wife and daughter live in Fayetteville, N.C.

"I cherish the values of duty, courage, respect and selfless service," said Tate, who praised the Hagerstown Lions Club for honoring veterans at the meeting.

After a video showing a typical day in the life of a paratrooper, Tate said the veterans of the past have made an investment in the future - this new generation of military personnel.

"America's sons and daughters are fit and courageous and ready to serve," he said.

As he closed his brief talk, Tate recognized all the veterans among the Lions Club members attending the lunch meeting at The Venice Inn.

"We live in a society where veterans are becoming fewer and fewer," he said. "But we must never forget what service in the armed forces can mean."

His father, Clyde Tate Sr., is a Lions Club member and a U.S. Army veteran.

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