The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, from Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War
From the moment he first joined the Marine Reserves of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, Clifton B. Cates was determined to make his mark as a leader. Little did he know what he would truly accomplish in his legendary career.
Not as well-known as his contemporaries such as Alvin C. York, his fame would not come from a single act of heroism but from his consistent and courageous demeanor throughout the war and beyond.
In the bloody second half of 1918 with the 6th Marine Regiment, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, was recognized by the French government with the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre, and earned the nickname “Lucky.”
I Will Hold is the inspiring, vivid, and incredible true life story of a Marine Corps legend whose grit and unstoppable spirit on the battlefield matched his personal drive and sage wisdom off of it.
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About the Author
James Carl Nelson is a journalist and author of Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I and The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War, which was given an Editor’s Choice Award as one of 2009’s best seven history books by Booklist. He lives in Minneapolis.