Runners raise money for scholarship in honor of fallen soldier

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A 5k run took place Wednesday at Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Warren County in memorial of a soldier who was killed in the line of duty back in 2010.

Eric Yates Memorial 5K is held annually to raise money for the 1st Lt. Eric Yates Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship is given to two WKU ROTC cadets every year in Eric’s memory.

1st Lt Eric Yates was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 when a group of insurgents attacked his patrol with an improvised explosive device.

Yates served in the Army’s 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell.

One of the scholarship recipients, Abe Poku, says during Yate’s life, he always wanted to give back to WKU ROTC, and now he is able to do that in his death.

“It means a lot honestly just to be chosen out of all my peers, just to be chosen for that. She saw that I deserved it and hopefully I kind of carried that on well for her and carried on Eric Yate’s name and supported that very well”

His mother, Kathy Yates, said Eric wrote letters to her while he was overseas.

The last one he sent said “What I’m trying to say is, I don’t want to be forgotten.”

Kathy says her son will not be forgotten as long as she’s alive and his name will live on with this scholarship.

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For information, contact Beth Ann Dillon at (270) 745-4293 or visit the