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Tiptonville in Lake County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

General Clifton Bledsoe Cates

1893 - 1970

 

—United States Marine Corps —

 
General Clifton Bledsoe Cates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
1. General Clifton Bledsoe Cates Marker
Inscription. First Marine Division on Guadalcanal during World War II. As a Brigadier General, Cates commanded the Fourth Marine Division during the conquest of Tinian and Iwo Jima in 1944. Cates was the first Tennessean to achieve the rank of full general. From 1948 to 1952, General Cates served as the 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Wounded seven times, General Cates received many American and foreign medals. A member of the U.S. Marine Corps for thirty-seven years, General Cates’ military service extended to the Korean War. He died in 1970 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Erected by General Cates Memorial Committee.
 
Location. 36° 21.993′ N, 89° 25.995′ W. Marker is in Tiptonville, Tennessee, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Drive (Tennessee Route 21) and American Legion Loop, on the right when traveling north on Lake Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2390 Hwy 21, Tiptonville TN 38079, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reelfoot Lake (approx. ¼ mile away); Tiptonville Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named General Clifton Bledsoe Cates (approx. 2.9 miles away); Capture of Island No. 10 (approx. 2.9 miles away); Confederate Burials (approx. 5.3 miles away); Confederate Forts & Batteries (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named Capture of Island No. 10 (approx. 5.9 miles away); New Madrid Earthquake (approx. 11.7 miles away in Kentucky). Click for a list of all markers in Tiptonville.
 
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Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 29 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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