Brigadier General J. Clarence Davies Jr., was born in New York City in 1912. He graduated from the Horace Mann School for Boys in New York City and Dartmouth College. At the latter institution, he majored in American history, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1934. In June of that year, he married the daughter of S. Herbert Wolfe, a brigadier general in the Finance Corps during World War I. In that same year, he went into the real estate business with the firm of Douglas L. Elliman & Co. In 1935, he went to J. Clarence Davies, Inc., the real estate firm founded by his father in 1889. In 1940, he became president and chairman of the board of directors of that company.
In May of 1942, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army of the United States and assigned to the Norfolk Air Defense Wing in Norfolk, Va. He served as adjutant, wing personnel officer and wing executive officer. In May of 1943 he was transferred to the 5th Air Defense Wing which, upon deployment to England, was redesignated the 66th Fighter Wing of the 8th U.S. Army Air Forces. Captain Davies became commanding officer of the Headquarters Squadron; and in 1944 was transferred to the 437th Air Service Group, assuming command in that year. In August of 1945, the group was returned to the Zone of Interior and Lieutenant Colonel Davies was returned to inactive duty in February 1946.
In 1950, Colonel Davies was given an M-Day assignment as deputy commander of the 32d Air Division (Defense) at Stewart Air Force Base. In 1952, he was transferred to the 26th Air Division (Defense) at Roslyn, Long Island, N.Y. In 1959, he was transferred to the New York Air Defense Sector at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. In October 1960, he was designated as mobilization assistant to the commander, 26th Air Division (SAGE), Hancock Field, Syracuse, N.Y. He was promoted to brigadier general on April 27, 1962.
American Defense Service Medal
European-African Middle East Campaign Medal with star for Air Offensive Europe
Presidential Unit Citation
World War II Victory Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Medal
Air Force Reserve Service Medal