General Clifton Bledsoe Cates

General Clifton Bledsoe Cates (HMBZ8)

Location: Tiptonville, TN 38079 Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 22.64', W 89° 29.027'

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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.
HM NumberHMBZ8
Marker Number4B 37
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 12:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 277192 N 4028666
Decimal Degrees36.37733333, -89.48378333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 22.64', W 89° 29.027'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 22' 38.40" N, 89° 29' 1.62" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210 S Court St, Tiptonville TN 38079, US
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