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Clay, Lucius Dubignon

Date of birth:
April 23rd, 1897 (Marietta/Georgia, United States)
Date of death:
April 16th, 1978 (Chatham/Massachusetts, United States)
Buried on:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
Plot: XVIII. Row: G. Grave: 79.
Service number:
0-9318
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 2nd, 1944
Awarded for:
Operation Overlord
For making the warn-torn Port of Cherbourg functional in one day.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major General
Awarded on:
June 17th, 1945

Second BSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major General
Awarded on:
November 12th, 1945
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major General
Awarded on:
1945
"Major General Lucius DuBignon Clay (ASN: 0-9318), United States Army, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Director of Materiel, Army Service Forces, from 1941 to 1944."

War Department, General Orders No. 36
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1946
Ceskoslovenský vojenský rád Bilého lva
Rank:
Lieutenant General
Awarded on:
1947
"Lieutenant General Lucius D. Clay (ASN: 0-9318), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Deputy Military-Governor American Zone of Occupation Germany from 1945 to 1946."

Second DSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to General [then Colonel] Lucius DuBignon Clay (ASN: 0-9318), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Officer-in-Charge of Defense Airport Program, Civil Aeronautics Department from 1 October 1940 to 16 December 1941."
Rank:
General
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1949
"AS UNITED STATES Military Governor in Germany and Commander-in-Chief of United States Forces in Europe, General Lucius D. Clay performed services of supreme value to his country and to humanity.

Previously distinguished for his outstanding work in helping to arm our forces, he added new and imperishable luster to his record by the manner in which he carried out his uniquely challenging task in Military Government in Germany. General Clay in this capacity proved himself not only a soldier in the finest tradition of our American arms, not only an administrator of rare skill, but a statesman of the highest order--firm, courageous, dedicated to the cause of peace. His entire administration was marked by a deep devotion to our democratic ideals of justice and freedom.

Conditions in Germany were such that he could not be spared from his task until May fifteenth of this year. He was released then only because his work had reached a milestone with the framing of a Constitution for Western Germany. His was an assignment of unexampled complexity and difficulty, and the completion of it represents an accomplishment of which his countrymen can be forever proud."

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 26
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Third DSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Rank:
General
Awarded on:
1965
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

Third BSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)

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