On 6 July 2011, patriotic Americans stood in honor of Ralph E. “EJ” Pate, Jr., Gunnery Sergeant, US Marine Corps died on 26 June 2011 while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. GySgt Pate was an explosive ordinance disposal technician assigned to 2nd EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battaion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

GySgt Pate was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

God Bless our Fallen Heroes, their Gold Star Families, those serving now, those who served, and our allies.

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Ralph E. Pate, Jr.
Gunnery Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
June 26, 2011
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