The Citadel Class of: 1939 Clough Farrar Gee, III

Cadet Company: C, Corporal (Source: The Sphinx 1937)
Age: 25
Born: 7-Jan-19, Deland, Florida
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Family: Col. Clough F. Gee, Jr. (father), Julia Inez B. Gee (mother),
Geraldine (sister), Katherine Cole (wife)
Rank: Captain
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Servicenumber: O-025479
Entered the Service from: South Carolina
Function: Flight Leader, Assistant Group S-3
Company – Squadron: 379th Fighter Squadron
Unit – Group: 362nd Fighter Group
Plane data: “Bucephalous II”
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.) MACR 5718 P-47D-22 42-25339
Date of death: 7-Jun-44
Status: KIA
Place of death: LISIEUX, FRANCE; Capt Gee crashed at Fierville-les-Parce,
15 Kilometers Southeast of Deauville
Spot: Not Available
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot A Row 17 Grave 3
Cemetery: Normandy American Cemetery
Biography: Not Available
Other information: Fred Clarke and “Mutt” Gee were the “Damon” and “Pythias” of the Class of ’39 for three years.
However, when Mutt left school to go to West Point, Fred continued to “hold the fort” with us.
– Source: The Sphinx 1939

Three years at the Citadel gave him a start toward a career. His progress has been noteworthy.
Mutt was ready for things as they came, plebe year, yearling academics — His satisfaction was
going through everything as it came, and still looking forward to what was to come. He has
become well known in the Corps, and his being among us has helped make the hard parts easy.
A person who knows exactly what he wants of life, he has a determination that should get it.
“MUTT” Corporal (2) Polo (/) Engineer Football (2) Ski Club (2-1) Fishing Club (2-1)
Pistol Expert Air Cadet I
– Source: West Point Class of January 1943

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65,, Sphinx 1937, 1930 US Census (NARA), Find a, Christopher Cramer, USMA 1943 Howitzer

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Comments (9)

  1. William Brice says:

    I visited the American Cemetary at Normandy two weeks ago. I’m from South Carolina and was looking for a SC marker when I found the one for Capt Gee. I placed a white rose on his grave in grateful appreciation for his service and his sacrifice.

    1. Charles Gee says:

      Thank you for your story. Capt. Gee was a cousin of mine. I will be in Normandy in early June to visit his grave site.

      1. Roger Long says:

        Mr. Gee,
        Thank you for your message and visit to our memorial website. We wish you a very pleasant visit to Europe in June, and we would be extremely honored if you can share with us any additional information about your cousin so we may have as complete a record and description of the Captain’s life and service. God bless you and the Gee family.
        With sincerest regards,
        Roger Long, Citadel Class of 1989
        Chairman, The Citadel Memorial Europe

  2. Nicolas CONSTANTIN says:

    I’m Nicolas, i’m French. I also visited the American cemetery of Colleviille Sur Mer in Normandy
    I was to take in myself in front of the graves of the American soldiers died for our freedom, and particularly in front of that of Gee III

    In honor of his memory, and American pilots fallen in France, I reproduce its plane in small-scale model.
    You can follow the assembly here:

    Certain French people of whom I am a member will never forget the sacrifice of the Americans for our freedom

    1. Roger Long says:

      You have started creating a beautiful tribute to Captain Gee, Monsieur. I look forward to following your progress and seeing the finished P-47 model. Merci beaucoup.

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