Historic Markers Across Tennessee

General Clifton Bledson Cates

Marker ID:  
Location: At the Cate National Guard Armory on TN 21/22, Tiptonville, TN.
County: Lake
Coordinates: N 36° 21.993    W 089° 25.995
  36.36655    -89.43325
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM27CB


General Clifton Bledsoe Cates
United States Marine Corps

Clifton B Cates was born on August 31, in Cates Landing, Tennessee. He attended school in Lake County and the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri. A graduate of the law school of the University of Tennessee, Cates served as combat commander in both the first and second World Wars. His Marine service included combat duty in five operations in World War I and four operations in World War II. Cates served in China with the Fabled Fourth Marines. After commanding the Second Battalion, Sixth Marines in 1937, Cates led the First Marine Regiment. 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 US 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.

General Cates Memorial Committee