General Lucius D. Clay Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: April 23, 1897 in Marietta, Georgia
Died: April 16, 1978 in Chatham, Massachusetts
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Lucius D. Clay (1897-1978) did not lead troops in combat during World War II, but played a vital role in re-opening French ports as supply channels after D-Day. He became much more important after the war, serving as Deputy Military Governor (1945-1947) and Military Governor (1947-1949) of the American Zone in occupied Germany. He played a key role in refocusing occupation policy in Germany from punishment to reconstruction. He also oversaw the Berlin Airlift from June 28, 1948 to May 12, 1949, during which time two million tons of essential supplies at a cost of $224 million were flown into West Berlin during a Russian blockade of Allied land and water routes. The Berlin Airlift involved 250,000 flights. After the Berlin Wall was built in August 1961, President Kennedy sent General Clay as his Personal Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, on a mission to Berlin that lasted until September 1962.
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