SSgt. Sheldon Leon Tate


Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, 27, departed this life July 13, 2010, in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit.

A native of Sumter, S.C., Staff Sgt. Tate joined the United States Army on Oct. 18, 2001, where he served as a food services specialist. His first assignment was in Darmstadt, Germany. He deployed to Iraq for the first time from October 2003 to February 2004. In April 2004, he was reassigned to Fort Stewart and deployed to Iraq again in January 2005. In July 2006, he went to Fort Bragg and was assigned to 782nd Brigade Support Battalion. He deployed with the unit to Afghanistan from March 2007 to April 2008 and stayed to deploy again in August 2009.

His awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism with Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.

He leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Valerie and Walter Moore; a sister, Ebony Shaunte Moore; wife, Marion Tate; one daughter, Kiante' Nevael Tate; his father, Reginald L. (Trina) Tate; three stepbrothers; one stepsister; grandparents; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and dedicated friends.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 23, at Dorchester Funeral Home, 7842 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Midway.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 24, at Fort Stewart's Marne Chapel.

Interment will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 24, at Hillside Memorial Park, 802 N. Guignard Drive, Sumter, S.C.

Dorchester Funeral Home in Midway is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in Coastal Courier from Jul. 22 to Aug. 22, 2010.

Hinesville Paratrooper's Remains Return Home on Patriot Flight

July 23, 2010 | By Pamela E. Walck

A U.S. Army honor guard carry the remains of Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate who was killed in combat in Afghanistan while deployed with the 782nd Support Battalion from Ft. Bragg. Tate was a resident of Liberty County. His remains were brought by charter jet to Combat Readiness Training Center at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Training Center.

Georgia Air National Guardsmen stand in formation and salute at a hearse carrying the remains of Liberty County resident Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate passes followed by an army honor guard.

Family members of fallen soldier Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, from left: sister Ebony Moore, mother Valerie Moore, and father Walter Moore are escorted by soldier away from the Patriot Flight charter jet that flew the fallen’s remains home to be buried.

Family members lingered under the shelter of the Georgia Air National Guard hangar, then slowly began walking across the tarmac toward the private jet parked 100 feet away Thursday afternoon. Each footprint closed the distance between them and the American flag-draped coffin. Each hesitating step ushered them toward the reality that Staff Sgt. Sheldon Tate was indeed gone. Dead. Killed in action.

Silenced with two other brothers-at-arms from an insurgent attack on an Afghan police compound in Kandahar City on July 13.

Tate’s mother, Valerie Moore, clutched her daughter, Ebony, as they sobbed together over the casket. Their muffled cries rolled across the silenced airfield and hung heavy in the air.

Walter Moore, Tate’s father, wrapped his arms around both women as Chaplain Capt. Brannon Bowman, chaplain for the 165th Airlift Wing, paused to pray with the family. Then the paratrooper’s remains were saluted and carried away by an Army honor guard unit to the white hearse waiting nearby.

Moore enveloped his wife and daughter in his arms once more, then gently ushered them back to the hangar. Back to shelter from the heat of the sun, where they waited until it was time to climb into the government-issued vehicle and join the long processional home.

Nearby, Georgia Air National Guardsmen lined the tarmac like a human runway. Sixty or more airmen sweated out the noontime swelter for a chance to pay last respects as the hearse carrying Tate’s casket slowly passed through the airfield gates. Each man or woman saluted the coffin as it passed, the flag’s familiar blue field and white stars peeking through the tinted oval window of the hearse.

Hundreds more joined civilian employees, lining the main roadway off the base, past the guard shack and onto Dean Forest Road. Drivers entering the base paused their vehicles to watch the small processional, escorted by two Midway Police squad cars. The procession turned onto the interstate and at the county line would be joined by officers from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, who planned to escort Tate the rest of the way to Dorchester Funeral Home in Midway.

“I’m out here because we owe so much to this young man and all who have fallen to protect our freedom,” said state Rep. Al Williams, D-Hinesville, a Vietnam War veteran who traveled to Savannah to pay his respects. “I guess the irony of war is that the young die so prematurely, but because of their sacrifice, we can enjoy this great state and country.”

Bowman said it was a privilege to participate in the ceremony. “It’s an honor that we show, recognizing the sacrifice given, not just of the soldier but of a family as well,” the chaplain said later. “It’s an honor shown to the soldier but in the presence of the family.

“It’s a small remembrance, really, when you think about the huge sacrifice made. It is an incredibly small sacrifice to take that time and give thanks for such honorable service.”

Tate, 27, joined the Army on Oct. 18, 2001, as a food services specialist and was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany. His first deployment to Iraq came in October 2003 through February 2004. In April 2004, he was reassigned to Fort Stewart, and deployed to Iraq for a second time in January 2005.

Tate returned home and was reassigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion. He served his first tour in Afghanistan from March 2007 to April 2008, and deployed a second time to Afghanistan in August 2009.

“Staff Sgt. Sheldon Tate was a true warrior and leader of paratroopers. His last actions were a testament to the leader he was, as he grabbed a young paratrooper and led him to safety,” said Capt. William Hofmann, Tate’s company commander, in a released statement. “Tate was the epitome of a silent professional and a non-commissioned officer for others to emulate.”

In addition to his parents and sister, Tate is survived by his wife, Marion, and daughter, Kiante.


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Charlie Gili
September 25, 2019
After all these years I still have a hard time wrapping my head around you not being here. You were a really good person, a great soldier and a true family man. Continue to look over your family and rest easy
SFC Calvin Anderson
May 1, 2017
God bless you and your family.
Eric Abbott
November 28, 2016
Thank you so much for your sacrifice for our country. Praying for your family.
November 5, 2016
Our gratitude for your service and selfless sacrifice continues for eternity. Our prayers are with your family. Thank you for your service.
Evan Proios
November 6, 2015
Gone but never forgotten for service to our country.
June 4, 2015
I grew up with Sheldon Tate, our fathers were stationed together at Ft.Stewart, Georgia. I remember his mom Miss Val being like a mother to us all. She would set up pool tournaments, summer trips, and parties. My father received orders and we moved to Wiesbaden, Germany. Imagine my surprise when I saw my boy for the first time in years and it was in Germany at that. We played varsity football together and graduated highschool together. Sheldon went Army and I went Air Force. I'll never forget the day I found out Sheldon was K.I.A. I was sitting at my desk when I saw his picture come up on an article detailing his death. For me his loss was personal and I will forever miss my friend, brother, and classmate. One day I hope to track down your mom, dad, wife, and daughter.
Phillip Floyd
May 25, 2014
My son not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I miss you dearly, I know you are in a far better place and I thank God for the time that he gave you to us. I Love YOU Pops
Walter Moore
March 19, 2014
Thank you Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate for keepjng us safe. You made the supreme sacrifice for me, my family, and all Americans. You name will live on forever in the list of great American people. You give meaning to the words "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave".

I just an old man, living Ohio who wanted to show my respect by saying THANK YOU.
Patrick Sullivan
February 21, 2014
Great NCO. Great man. You will be missed, but never forgotten. I will always remember Sheldon the stepson of my NCO in Germany, and I will always remember SSG Tate, a caring, outgoing, hardworking, dedicated, and selfless soldier/NCO that I always looked forward to working with in the DFAC! I'm sorry it has taken me this long to pay my respects to you, a great person that I will never forget. RIP
Brian Glover
August 26, 2013
Not a day that goes by that I don't think about you....tears fill my eyes often.

Rest in Peace...we love u
Laquannia Marshall
July 12, 2013
I know your memorial is tomorrow but I just thought I'd let you know I am thinking about you today. Wishing we were still kids "tryna" find something to do for the summer. I miss you and it's still hard to believe you are no longer hear on this earth. I wish you could've met Brielle, I love you babes.

Love Always your cousin,
Tamika Tate-Clawson
January 26, 2013
Great NCO ive ever meet. You will live on thru the lives you touched. Gone to a better place but, never forgotten from down here. Shine BRO' keep an eye down here on us for you are free now, and we still have the pains of life. We love you always. "One of your Soldiers you touched from BRagg."
shermika thomas
November 30, 2012
I never would had thought that this was the last photo we'd ever take together.
Your little Angel should be spending a week with us this spring. She is in good hands. We all miss you dearly.
SGT Leonard Brownfield
August 22, 2012
I don't know him. But I have several family and friends serving and I felt I obligated to say I'm sorry for your loss. May God help to ease the pain.
S Robinson
August 21, 2012
Thank you for your service. God bless your family. From a fellow serviceman, US Naval Air Force, USN
Charles C.
August 13, 2012
We are so sorry,God bless the family. gerry and bob sorensen
Shelton, ne.
August 8, 2012
Grateful to Staff Sgt Sheldon Tate for service to our country.
To his family: I am so sorry for your loss.

Sandy Fox and Family
of Wilmington and Timberlake, NC
Fox Family
July 13, 2012
I love Sheldon l Tate... Love always ur partner in crime Desiree r. Tate! I miss u
Desiree Tate
July 13, 2012
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Sheldon Tate:
Please accept my remembrance of Sheldon on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
May 28, 2012
My heart is heavy on this day we honor the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I will never forget. May you rest in peace and GOD bless your family.
Sheila Byrd
February 22, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss.
Jo Ann Rhodes
January 6, 2012
Bill & Mary S. Hannigan
January 5, 2012
Although it has been several months since the death of your son, husband, nephew, etc., I just read the very sad story of his passing along with two of his fellow soldiers on the internet. What a remarkable young man and how proud you all must be of his tremendous accomplishments, and the valor and legacy he left behind. From a mother, please accept my sincere sympathy and thank you for his fighting those 9 years for our freedom. May God bless his spirit and soul and you, his family. Sincerely, Marsha H. Arsenian
Marsha Arsenian
August 9, 2011
My heart goes out to the family and all other families affected by the tragic loss of a brave young soldier fighting for what he believed in.
Peter Naismith
July 29, 2011
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who strive to send handmade prayer shawls and/ or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA would like to honor your son or husband’s sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a shawl which we will mail to you. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses and what they would like to receive. We will send them as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address, as our organization can no longer get family contacts through the military. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
July 28, 2011
WE are the same age. And it saddens me that you died so young. But I would like to thank you for keeping my freedom. I love you and God does too. Love,Beth
Beth Sears
July 13, 2011
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Sheldon Tate:
Remembering Sheldon on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
June 15, 2011
Mary S. Hannigan
June 13, 2011
The last full measure of devotion is one given not just by this soldier, but given also by his family, friends and community left to go on without him. May the Lord bless you and keep you. Thank you for your gift to all of us.
April 4, 2011
It's so sad that a Great person such as Sheldon, can't go on doing Great things that benefit us all. My sympathy for your family's loss.
Greg Reske
March 31, 2011
To the family of Staff Sgt. Sheldon Tate:
Sheldon gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
Peggy Childers
March 3, 2011
"Your son will never be forgotten, and our freedom is more secure, thanks to your son." Chris S.
February 15, 2011
I have a son in the army, who is now in Afghanistan. Thank you for the gift your son gave to our country The United States of America. I will say a prayer for Sheldon's family. Reading of all Sheldon did it is clear what a wonderful young man we lost. God bless his family.
Randy Frazier,
Dublin, CA
Randy Frazier
February 12, 2011
Thanks for your sacrafice
Troy K
August 20, 2010
I would like to say Thank you, Mr. Sheldon L. Tate for being there for me and my family. You are one our great heros. Rest in pease our hero.
To the family of Sheldon L. Tate. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Roger Maxwell & Cindy Miness
August 1, 2010
~The Tate Family~
Words couldnt begin to express how a love one feels during these hard times. I still cant believe that my best friend that was as close as a brother was is gone. Shelly Boo you will always remain in my heart an on my mind. I know that if you were here you'd tell me to be strong. So with these tears still flowing I want you to know that as the GOD-Mother of Kiante Tate i vowel to be there always and forever, she will never have to wont for nothing as long as my body breaths. You know your wife my BFF will always have a shoulder to cry on and i promise to be there for her as well just like old times. I love you baby bro/big bro you always thought lol! We all will forever be indebted to you and your family for the sacrifice you made. My family the Graves Salute you! Job well done soldier! RIP
Talya Graves
July 29, 2010
My prayers are with your family. God Bless!!
Paula Hall
July 27, 2010
May God comfort you and yours as we celebrate the life of a soldier. God of strength, liberty, freedom, and everlasting life. We give honor to those who dare to serve. "Freedom is not free" and sometimes we die defending the freedom that so many take for granted. Much honor, salute, and the love of God to you.

July 27, 2010
I didn't know Mr Tate personally, but as a military spouse, my heart and prayers go out to Mrs Tate. May your faith in God sustain you during this very difficult time.
Sheryl White
July 26, 2010
We are indebted to you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and the liberties of others. May God bless and keep you and comfort your family and friends.
Brian Lee, USAF (Ret)
July 26, 2010
In Humble Tribute, to this Brave Young Soldier, who has given his life, in the Service of our Country and for Freedom, With so much gratitude for his Courage, and his Unselfish Dedication and Service.

Rest Safely now, SSgt Sheldon Tate, in the Hands of God and may the Peace of God be with your loving family.
Those who Make these Sacrifices, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them, killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

Tell them of us, and say...
For their tomorrows...
We gave our today.

I am sincerely hoping that you feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you today and in the days ahead, as this Grateful Country mourns with you, for someone very precious to you, who is a True American Hero to all of us.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your Loss.
Garnet Jenkins
July 26, 2010
I didn't know Mr. Tate, but reading his obituary, I can see that he was a fine man, a Leader, recognized for his Service to our Nation!
My thoughts and Prayers go out to his Family.
"Your Family Chain was broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls you one by one the chain will link again!"
Barbara Dismukes
July 26, 2010
The Jackson & Hicks families are praying for you, Kiante, and the Tate-Moore family. You know the LORD because of how you were raised. So lean and depend on HIM for your strength and comfort. HE doesn't put anymore on you then you can bear. You know your family is always near. I'm sorry we didn't get to know Sheldon as others knew him, but as long as he made you happy, that's what counts. Remember his love for you and Kiante and keep him forever in your heart. Keep the FAITH and may GOD BLESS you and his family always.
Love, Aunt Katrina & Family
July 25, 2010
Kendra Winn
July 25, 2010
I do not know you, nor did I know Sheldon. I saw his name as someone who lost their life this week for our freedom. I wanted to take a moment to express to you my gratitude for the sacrifice your family has made for my freedom. My prayers are with you. There simply aren't words adequate for a time like this. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Niki K
July 25, 2010
amercia has lost an american hero....... may the lord take his hand and lead him into the path of heaven.....may god bless walt and his family brenda tumlin
brenda tumlin
July 25, 2010
With our deepest sympathy our hearts go out to the Tate family in the loss of one of our brave soldiers SSgt Tate. God Bless you All!!
Larry and Janie Lastinger
Dublin, Ga.
July 24, 2010
He fought for our Country and my prayers go out to the tate family may god give you the strength to be strong be blessed god will heal your pain
Latasha Dunbar
July 24, 2010
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Sheldon will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt

SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
July 24, 2010
With deepest sympathy,
Drs. Bobby & Shirley Crosby
Abbeville, SC
Dr. Bobby Crosby
July 24, 2010
My prayers are with you doing this hour of sorrow. There is a time for everything under the sun, a time to be born, a time to live and a time to die. God has a purpose for all of our lives and that is for us to live with HIM. May He continue to bless you and fill you with all of the love you need at this time.
Essye Bridgeman
July 24, 2010
I never had the pleasure of meeting SSG Tate
and family. What a legacy for everyone connected to him as well as God and Country.He is truly a hero.
Mary S. Hannigan
July 24, 2010
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salut.e” is the last that we shall render to our Brother-in-Arms S/Sgt. Sheldon Tate. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Sheldon. And to Sheldon it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country while opposing enemy forces in Afghanistan. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Sheldon, you are a brave American Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,335 military Legionnaire Veterans of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Sheldon’s family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
July 24, 2010

May the love of God give you peace, may the love of friends give you comfort. May the love of your dear son remain in your heart and give you strength through the days ahead.
Pattie Wise
July 23, 2010
To the Moore Family,Our prayers are with you all. May the wonderful cherished memories bring you comfort.May God give you and your family the stregth to get through this difficult time. Sheldon will always be a HERO and will never be forgotten. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. RIP Sheldon Leon Tate , whom paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Country,may you REST IN PEACE
Respectfully, Tammy Elkins and Family
Tammy Elkins
July 23, 2010
may god bless u sand ur prayers are with u... my deepest sympathy are with you... god makes no mistakes
golden golden
July 23, 2010
First of all, I would like to say Thank you, Mr. Sheldon L. Tate for being there for me and my family. I didn't know you that well, but have seen you when you were in school at Bradwell Institute. You will be missed by all those that knew you. You are one of Hinesville's HEROS and you will never be forgotten. To the family of Sheldon L. Tate: Trust in God and He will always be beside you and guide you every step of the way during this time of sorrow. May God bless and keep the family in His loving arms always.
Lynda Miness
July 23, 2010
Our prayers are with you all, "Earth has know sorrow that heaven can not heal. Pastor Shirley A. Wingate & Family
Pastor Shirley Wingate
July 23, 2010
Thank your for your ultimate sacrifice, May you rest in peace. You are a true American Hero
Karen Waldrop
July 23, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
CSM (ret) Michael & Wilma Lockey
July 23, 2010
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Michael & Arlene Dameron, Sr.
July 23, 2010
My deepest Sympathy to the family of Mr. Tate during this time of bereavement. My hearth goes out to all the military men and women no matter where you are station especially my daughter and husband (airforce) for my prayers are always with you all. Family keep holding on to GOD's unchanging hands and keep the faith. May GOD bless you to be strong in him. I didn't know your son but a friend from Hinesville sent me the newspaper and I saw this sad news. We were once station in Hinesville, Ga, so I just want you to know that even strangers are praying for you and the family.
Faye Harris
July 23, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Sandra Railey
July 23, 2010
God Bless the family during their time of bereavement. This young man did us all proud. Take a look at his accomplishments during his short time here on earth and know he will receive the greatest award in heaven. From a retired Army Veteran. VLJ
July 22, 2010
To the entire family of Sheldon Tate,
My heart and deepest sympathies go out to all of you! I had the honor of knowing this wonderful man for many years. I can't remember the first time we met but I do know he had me laughing from day one. He is a beautiful soul who will be greatly missed. I am glad to call him my friend. Sheldon, Thank you so much for everything you have done. May you rest in peace. To Sheldon's Family, thank you for sharing him with us and may peace be with you!
Rachel Reuther
July 22, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the family of this fallen Hero. May God be with you all.
Meryl O'Neal
July 22, 2010
brenda tumlin
July 22, 2010
May God be with the family in their time of need
Edward Williams
July 22, 2010
SSG Tate, I never had the privilege of knowing you personally, but I want to thank you for your sacrifice in protecting the United States of America. You gave so freely of yourself so that we could remain free and I know that God has taken you to live forever in Heaven because of it. You are my hero and the hero of every other American that you fought for. I pray that you will rest in peace and that from time to time, you can look down on us here and know that we are honoring you for all that you have done for us. You are our angel now.
Joyce McIntyre
July 22, 2010
The members of The 1st District American Legion Family will miss this American hero.
Dennis Fitzgerald
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