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Tate recognized for Silver Star Medal
Elgin Town Council award
Joe Tate (left) was recognized by Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley for being awarded the Silver Star Medal on May 5. Hanley presented Tate with the Mayors Patriotism award on behalf of the town of Elgin. He noted Tates bravery for his service to the country. - photo by Tenell Felder
Specialist Joe Tate was honored with the Mayor’s Patriotism award and a standing ovation during Tuesday’s Elgin Town Council meeting. Specialist Tate was awarded the Silver Star Medal on May 5 for entering a burning vehicle to rescue two fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War in December, 1967. The Silver Star Medal is the third highest military decoration in the United States Armed Forces.

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