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Eric Yates Memorial Scholarship Fund

First Lieutenant, US Army

Eric David Yates

Killed in Action 18 September 2010

WKU Class of 2008

On September 17, 2010 1LT Eric Yates was on a dismounted foot patrol when an IED exploded, Maquan, Zahari District, Afghanistan. 

Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry,

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fire Support Officer


Western Kentucky University Army ROTC 

Gold Bar Recruiter



Western Kentucky University - 2008

Field Artillery Basic Officer's Course: Fort Still, OK - 2009



Bronze Star Medal, Posthumous

Purple, Heart, Posthumous

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon

NATO Medal, Posthumous

Combat Action Badge

Overseas Service Bar

1LT Eric D. Yates, an officer with the 101st Airborne Division, B Company, 1st Battalion/502 Infantry, was killed in action supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. 1LT Yates was a December 2008 graduate of Western Kentucky University. He was a double major in Social Studies and History and received his commission through WKU’s Reserve Officers’ Training Program (ROTC). 1LT Yates was from Rineyville, Kentucky. He is survived by his parents, David and Kathy Yates.

For more information please contact the Department of Military Science and Leadership at (270) 745 - 4293

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2020 flyer 

Running to Remember

Each year the WKU Army ROTC organizes the Eric Yates Memorial 5K Run/Walk.  Proceeds from the event benefit the 1LT Eric Yates Memorial Scholarship.

Watch the 2017 Eric Yates Run



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