19 Jul 1918

  • During the Battle of Soissons in Bouresches, France, he sent a report to describe his dire situation being pinned down in a trench, pinned down by machine gun fire, but "I WILL HOLD"; that phrase would later become associated with him even as he rose through the ranks. ww2dbase [Clifton Cates | Bouresches, Picardy | CPC]
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  • The armoured cruiser USS San Diego (formerly the USS California) was lost after hitting a mine 10 miles off Fire Island, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Fire Island, New York | AC]

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