General Clifton Bledsoe Cates
—United States Marine Corps —
Born in Cates Landing, Tennessee, on August 31, 1893, Clifton B. Cates attended school in Tiptonville and the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri. While excelling in varsity football and baseball, he received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1916. His early Marine service included combat commander duties in World War I and World War II. Wounded seven times in World War I, Cares received over thirty American and foreign medals. In 1942, he led the First Marine Regiment, First Marine Division on Guadalcanal.
Major General Cates commanded the Fourth Marine Division during the conquest of Tinian and Iwo Jima in 1944. From 1948 to 1952, General Cates served as the 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps. The first Tennessean to achieve the rank of full general, he was highly commended for his military service during the Korean War. General Cates died on June 4, 1970 in Annapolis, Maryland. A Marine for thirty-seven years, his body was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1E 111.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 57.483′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Rufus Agee (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Byington (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Sanders (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Desegregation of the University of Tennessee (about 700 feet away); Land Grant University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Sanders U.D.C. Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Assault Upon Fort Sanders (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Sanders (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Also see . . . I Will Hold: An appreciation of Gen Clifton B. Cates (November 2002). (Submitted on March 6, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Categories. • War, Korean • War, World I • War, World II •
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