Trooper Ralph D. Bates

Trooper Ralph D. Bates

Oregon State Police, Oregon

End of Watch Thursday, November 8, 1962

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Ralph D. Bates

Trooper Ralph Bates was shot and killed after he stopped a suspect driving a stolen car on Highway 30, ten miles east of Arlington.

The subject was arrested and committed to the Oregon State Hospital, where he died in 1963.

Trooper Bates was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Oregon State Police for only four months. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Committed

EDP, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Trooper Bates,
On today, the 54th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served in the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 8, 2016

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