Patrick Shea has always been a proud American, but traveling the world as a Marine gave him a new appreciation for the freedoms he swore to defend. Today he continues to serve America as a police officer in the community where he grew up.
I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.
Marine 2nd Lieutenant Clifton B. Cates, 96th Co., 19 July 1918, 10:45 a.m., from records of the U.S. 2nd Division (Regular)