Yates capped off an impressive three years as a UTM basketball player by averaging 18 points a game his senior season. A former Kentucky state high school scoring king, Yates earned his bachelor’s degree in 1956 and also owns advanced degrees from Murray State and The University of Tennessee.
Yates served in combat during the Korean War conflict. He is the only man in the U.S. Army history who advanced in rank from a recruit to master sergeant in four months’ time. He also received the Bronze Star.