Albert Abate enlisted as a private in 1937 in the 118th Medical Battalion and was called to active duty in 1941. During World War II he was commissioned as an officer and served in combat in the European Theater.
Upon returning from active duty in 1945 Major Abate resumed his Guard status as a company commander of the First Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment and was again called to active duty in 1950, during the Korean Crisis. Later he became executive officer of the First Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment.
Albert Abate died on December 1st, 2000 and lies buried at the National Cemetery, Cave Creek, Arizona.
He also received the Army of Occupation Medal with "GERMANY" clasp, the National Defence Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the NATO ribbon. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
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