Gay History – August 7th, 1931: U.S. Solider Found Guilty of Sodomy Sent To Alcatraz Prison

Gay History - August 7th, 1931: U.S. Solider Found Guilty of Sodomy Sent To Alcatraz Prison


Clyde Findell Hicks was born in Oak Grove, Durham, North Carolina on September 5, 1910. On April 13, 1930 at the age of 20  he is listed as a soldier residing in Barracks #158 at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.

On August 7, 1931 Clyde was sentenced to six years in prison for sodomy with a parole date of August 7, 1933. But on June 19, 1934 he was transferred to the infamous maximum security prison of Alcatraz. being one of the first prisoners on the island/ Although he wasn’t as noisy as some other inmates, he was put into Solitary on December 3 and 4, 1934 for “for conveying a note from one prisoner to another”.  Two other prisoners were put in Solitary that day, and stayed in much longer, for causing a ruckus and planning an escape. The note may have contained information concern this plan.

Despite his solitary confinement, Clyde seems to have otherwise been on his best behavior, he was discharged on his minimum sentence date, August 6, 1935. 

Clyde Hicks  who would spend 4 years in prison for his desires a year a married a girl named Mary Wolfe of Mt. Airy on December 19, 1936.

Clyde Hicks passed away in Durham, North Carolina on December 5, 1993.

There are some who say his ghost returned to Alcatraz Island to haunt the prison for being  incarcerated there for the crime of loving another man.


Clyde Hicks

Will Kohler

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