Lucius Clay
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1898
Date of Death: 1978
Cause of Death: Heart failure
Occupation: Soldier, educator, engineer, military governor, businessman
Spouse: Marjorie McKeown
Children: Lucius Jr., Frank
Military Branch: United States Army (World War II)
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Military Branch: US Army (WWII)

Lucius Dubignon Clay (April 23, 1898 – April 16, 1978) was an United States Army general and military governor best known for his administration of Germany immediately after World War II, replacing Dwight Eisenhower from 1947-49. He retired in 1949. Clay is considered the "father" of the Berlin Airlift (1948–49).

Clay did not see actual combat during the war. After retiring, Clay served in a variety of advisory positions to subsequent U.S. presidents.

Lucius Clay in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

During Lucius Clay's governorship of Germany, the German Freedom Front intensified its attacks against the Allied occupation. Clay was a vocal supporter of continued occupation.[1] Although Clay's tenure saw the death of Reinhard Heydrich and the public celebration of those who brought Heydrich to justice,[2] it was too little too late. Congress refused to continue funding the occupation, and so American forces withdrew.

Clay presided over the withdrawal into 1948.


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 369-71.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 504-7.
Military offices
Preceded by
Joseph T. McNarney
Commanding General of U.S. Army in Europe
March 15, 1947 to May 15, 1949
Succeeded by
Clarence R. Huebner
Preceded by
Joseph T. McNarney
Military Governor of the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany
January 6, 1947 – May 14, 1949
Succeeded by
Clarence R. Huebner (acting)