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1962 - 1996

LCDR Stacy Bates was born 20 July 1962, to Les and Peggy Bates in Nashville, Tennessee. He transferred to Tyner High School his sophomore year after living in Valdosta, Georgia. Stacy participated in many sports at Tyner, but excelled in baseball, assisting with leading Tyner to the State play-offs. He was a member of the All-Academic Society and one of the most popular students in school. He was often elected King of the high school dances. All of his friends enjoyed sharing a ride in "The Queen" (Stacy's car). He graduated in May of 1980.

Stacy was then appointed to the United States Naval Academy. While attending Annapolis, he played baseball, football and participated in various intramural sports while obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree.

Stacy was commissioned in May 1984, and proceeded to NAS Pensacola to commence Naval Flight Officer training. He earned his wings as a Naval Flight Officer in October 1985, and began his training in the F-14 Tomcat at NAS Miramar in San Diego, California. Upon completion of training, LCDR Bates reported to Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114.) After a 3 year tour with the "Aardvarks"" of VF-114, he was selected for the pilot transition program and reported to training at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida.

Stacy reported to the "Black Lions" of VF-123 in October 1992. While assigned to the "Black Lions", he was selected to attend the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN.) He additionally completed his second and third deployments to the Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf participating in Operation Southern Watch, where he flew combat missions over Iraq.

Stacy's personal awards include the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and Numerous campaign ribbons.

A true southern gentleman, he was loved and respected by his parents, brother and friends. Stacy, affectionately known as "Sprout", will always be remembered by his friends and squadron mates for his deep concern and unwavering dedication to his fellow man and country. He loved flying, a credit to his country. We loved him and his brother and are blessed to have had them in our lives.  

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