General Clifton B. Cates - Haiku, HI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 20° 53.451 W 156° 19.015
4Q E 779128 N 2312399
Quick Description: This marker honors the Fouth Marine Division and two of its commanders, including Clifton B. Cates Jul 10, 1944-Nov 10, 1945. It is located in the Fourth Marine Division Memorial Park, site of the original camp housing 20,000Marines in Haiku, Hawaii.
Location: Hawaii, United States
Date Posted: 3/4/2009 3:30:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM5Z1R
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GA Cacher
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Long Description:
General Clifton Bledsoe Cates (August 31, 1893–June 4, 1970), USMC, was the 19th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (served January 1, 1948 - December 31, 1951) . He was honored for his heroism during World War I at Belleau Wood and in World War II for inspired combat leadership at Iwo Jima.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1916, he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserves. He began active duty on June 13, 1917.

During World War I, Cates served with the 6th Marine Regiment, fighting in France. For his heroism in the Aisne defensive at Boursches and Belleau Wood, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross and Oak Leaf Cluster, in addition to the Purple Heart. He was awarded a Silver Star for his gallantry at Soissons. In addition to his medals from the U.S. military, he was recognized by the French government with the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star and two palms.

Colonel Cates led the 1st Marine Regiment at Guadalcanal, for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat “V". He then took command of the 4th Marine Division in the Marianas operation, the Tinian campaign and the seizure of Iwo Jima. For his services at Tinian he received the Distinguished Service Medal and a Gold Star in lieu of a second Distinguished Service Medal for his service at Iwo Jima.

After his first tour of duty in the Pacific, returned to the United States to serve as Commandant of the Marine Corps Schools at Quantico until 1944. He then returned to the Pacific theater until the end of the war as commander of the 4th Marine Division.

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