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I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates From Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War

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Sean Pratt

9 Hours 49 Minutes

Gildan Media

October 2016

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The incredible true story of Clifton B. "Lucky" Cates, whose service in World War I and beyond made him a legend in the annals of the Marine Corps.

Cates knew that he and his small band of marines were in a desperate spot. Before handing the note over to a runner, he added three words that would resound through Marine Corps history:


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, brutally 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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  • Matt Hopkins

    The harsh realities of World War 1 are laid out bare. I was very impressed by the courage of these men. It gives me an extreme appreciation for their sacrifices. That being said, it was not a book that inspired me. I would not recommend it for anybody unless they wanted the true picture of what the war was really like.

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  • Francois D.

    Absolutely unreal what the men went through during the World War I. Find the book a bit slow but found it very interesting. Whilst listening to the book the movie 1917 about the World War 1 was released and defnitly will go and watch it.

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