James Gerald Cates
February 17, 1921 – December 3, 1950
MSG, James Gerald Cates of Mobile, Alabama will return home on September 10, 2019. Sergeant Cates was killed in action on Sunday December 3, 1950 in Chang County, Hamgyeong Providence, North Korea, as he served his country in the Korean War. In late 1950, Cates was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 3, 1950, following combat actions against enemy forces in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.
The public is invited to attend Memorial Visitation for James will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Radney Funeral Home, 1200 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL 36571. Graveside honors will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2:30 PM. at Turnerville Cemetery, Roberts Rd, Chunchula, AL 36521.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Radney Funeral Home
1200 Industrial Pkwy
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
James Gerald Cates
September 5, 2019
James Gerald Cates was always referred to as "Jabbo". I don't know how Uncle Jabbo got his nickname but that is the name everyone in our family called him.
Uncle Jabbo was my father's (Travis Levis Cates) older brother. All my life his MIA Korean War story was an oral history. My father made sure everyone knew about Uncle Jabbo. Uncle Jabbo was declared KIA but my father never put his brother out of his mind and heart. My dad wanted Jabbo to be remembered. Dad said Jabbo was very intelligent, a people person. My mother told me he was quite handsome. It broke dad's heart that no remains were found. In a way, MSGT Cates' recovery and burial will help us to and honor his memory and also honor my father's love for his brother.
MSGT Cates was the son of James W Cates (1887-1958) and Nellie, and can be found in the 1930 Neshoba County, Miss, census, Beat 5, as 9 yrs old. MSGT Cates grandparents were Henry C. Cates (Nov 1849-1903) and Ella (b1863) who are listed in 1900 Kemper County Miss census, Beat 4. Henrys father was William Cates (born abt 1790) , wife Sarah. They are listed in the 1850 Sumter Co, Alabama census.
I am very grateful to everyone involved with any effort to recover, identify, bring home and honor our fallen loved one. Our veterans deserve respect, honor and not left behind.
To all, strangers or not, who attend the memorial or funeral, thank you for your kindness and remembrance.
To Uncle Jabbo's son Bobby Gerald Sr. and grandson Bobby Jr., I'm glad we've all reconnected and just know that the Mississippi Cates family loves you very much!