This day in Oklahoma History – General Tinker

Tinker Air Force Base

On this day in #OKhistory, 1942, Osage member Clarence Leonard Tinker became the first American Indian in U.S. Army history to attain the rank of major general. Tinker heroically served in both World War I and World War II and was the first American general to die in World War II; his body was never recovered. He received the Soldier’s Medal in 1931 and, posthumously, the Distinguished Service Medal. Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is named in his honor.

About the Author

OK SW News
OK SW NEWS - - Bob Moore - 580-695-0331 -