The Author

Major Ralph Stoney Bates Sr., USMC (Ret)

Major (Ret) Bates served in Vietnam (1967-68) as a lieutenant, as a small unit infantry leader (TET-68), and as the commander of a criminal investigations detachment. As a captain, he was the Marine Instructor with the U. S. Army Military Police School. As a major, he commanded the largest Military Police Department in the Marine Corps, the 600-person provost marshal’s office, MCB Camp Butler, in Okinawa, Japan. Major Bates completed the FBI National Academy (124th Session) while the Provost Marshal of the Marine Base at 29 Palms, California. He was selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in 1981, but chose to retire after 26 years.

After retiring from active duty, Bates joined the Monroe County (NY) Sheriff’s Department, serving four years as a sworn deputy, and he was the Director of Emergency Preparedness in Monroe County for two years. He and his wife Lyn relocated to Broward County, Florida, where he joined the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, serving as a sworn, dual certified, (corrections and law enforcement) deputy. Bates retired from the sheriff’s office in 1997 and moved to South Carolina for his second retirement.

Major Bates has devoted much of his professional life to teaching military history and sociology. He has traveled extensively and is a polished, intense, and dynamic public speaker. He has written articles for numerous magazines and newspapers. He is now writing and publishing books. His memberships include: The Marine Corps Association. The Marine Corps League. Disabled American Veterans. The FBI National Academy Associates. The Marine Corps Business Network. USMC Law Enforcement Association. Together We Served.

He graduated from Los Angeles City College with a degree in police science and from Sam Houston State University (Cum Laude) with a degree in criminology. Currently, he teaches classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University in Greenville, SC. He enjoys shooting his firearms at a local range. He has created The Marine Corps Mess of Greenville (SC) to celebrate the Marine Corps’ birthday each year with Marines, friends of Marines and veterans or other armed forces. His primary focus has been a project called “Short Rations for Marines,” an anthology of true Marine Corps stories which he has now published and is available from or from the author. He is preparing to soon publish “A Marine Called Gabe,” a novel of the life and legend of John Archer Lejeune.