Tribute to Blaine K TRATE (ASN 33828467)
(January 26, 1925 - November 30, 2011)
Son of Ralph W and Helen Dora TRATE, Blaine Kenneth TRATE was born on January 26, 1925 in Packerton, Carbon County, Pennsylvania and raised in Lehighton before moving to the Reading area. He was graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in 1943.
Mr TRATE was enlisted in the Army on July 02, 1943 at Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received ASN 33828467 and volunteered for the Airborne Corps. He went so to the Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was assigned to the HQ1/513th PIR still attached to the 13th Airborne Division. His regiment participated to the Tennessee maneuvers in early 1944 before being transferred to the 17th Airborne Division in March 10.
From that moment, the WWII military career of Blaine TRATE stayed closely related to the 17th Airborne Division.
He fought in the Bulge.
On March 24, 1945, he took off from Airport B-54 in Achiet, France aboard C-46 numbered 44-77581 from the 47th Troop Carrier Squadron, 313th Troop Carrier Group, IXth Troop Carrier Command and jumped over the Rhine during operation Varsity (see also Tribute to Charles W DILL HQ1/513th PIR for more info).
Mr TRATE was discharged on December 28, 1945 at Indiantown Gap Mil. Res., PA.
After the World War II, he joined the Army Reserve and was reactivated during Korean War. He was stationed at Fort Polk, LA where he taught new GI's how to use 81mm mortar.
Mr TRATE passed away on November 30, 2011 at the age of 86 years-old.
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