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Frank Butner Clay

Major General Frank Butner Clay (February 26, 1921 – December 30, 2006) was a United States Army officer. He was the son of General Lucius D. Clay, Sr. and the brother of General Lucius D. Clay, Jr.. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery along with his first wife, Patricia Adams Casey Clay (November 1, 1923 – January 1, 1973). Patricia Clay was the sister of Major Hugh Boyd Casey, who was killed in an airplane crash while serving as an aide-de-camp to the 3d Infantry Division Commander during the Korean War.[1] They were, in turn, the children of Major General Hugh John Casey of the Army Corps of Engineers, who was the West Point roommate and good friend of General Lucius D. Clay, Sr.[2] He graduated from Millard Prep School and the National War College.

Frank Butner Clay
Born(1921-02-26)February 26, 1921
Auburn, Alabama
DiedDecember 30, 2006(2006-12-30) (aged 85)
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1942–1973
RankMajor General
Battles/warsWorld War II
Vietnam War
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (3)
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal (3)
Purple Heart (2)
RelationsGeneral Lucius D. Clay (father)
General Lucius D. Clay, Jr. (brother)

General Clay graduated from West Point in 1942 and served in various positions from World War II through the Vietnam War. In 1971 General Clay was a military advisor to the US delegation to the Paris peace talks. He retired from the Army in 1973, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[3]

Awards and decorationsEdit

He was awarded: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with V and two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.[3]