Lucius Dubignon Clay (1897–1978) was an American general and military governor best known for his administration of Germany immediately after World War II, replacing Dwight Eisenhower from 1946-1947. 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 presidents.
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. Atlhough Clay's tenure saw he death of Reinhard Heydrich and the public celebration of those who brought Heydrich to justice, it was too little too late. Congrees refused to continue funding the occupation, and so American forces withdrew.