Tiptonville in Lake County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
General Clifton Bledsoe Cates
1893 - 1970
— United States Marine Corps —
Clifton B. Cates, born on August 31, 1893, in Cates Landing, Tennessee, attended school in Lake County and the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri. A graduate of the University of Tennessee's School of Law, Cates served as a Marine in both the First and Second World Wars. His service included combat duty in five operations in World War I and four operations in World War II. After service in China with the fabled Fourth Marines, he commanded the Second Battalion, Sixth Marines in 1937. Then Colonel Cates led the First Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, on Guadalcanal during World War II.
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As a Major 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, he served as the 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Wounded seven times, General Cates received many American and foreign medals. A marine for thirty-seven years, General Cates died on June 4, 1970. His remains are interred in Arlington National Cemetery.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 4, 1970.
Location. 36° 22.64′ N, 89° 29.027′ W. Marker is in Tiptonville, Tennessee, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of South Court Street and Haynes Street, on the right when traveling north on South Court Street. Located near the County Court House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tiptonville TN 38079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capture of Island No. 10 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tiptonville Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named General Clifton Bledsoe Cates (approx. 2.9 miles away); Reelfoot Lake (approx. 3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps and Reelfoot Lake State Park (approx. 3 miles away); Confederate Burials (approx. 4 miles away); a different marker also named Capture of Island No. 10 (approx. 4.6 miles away); Confederate Forts & Batteries (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tiptonville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,394 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.