Eaker, Ira Clarence
- Lloyd J. Graybar
Eaker, Ira Clarence (13 April 1896–06 August 1987), air force officer, was born in Field Creek, Texas, the son of Young Yancy Eaker and Dona Lee Graham, farmers. In 1917 Eaker graduated from Southeastern State Normal School in Durant, Oklahoma, and enlisted in the army. After attending Officers Training Camp at Fort Logan H. Roots in Arkansas, Eaker was assigned to the Sixty-fourth Infantry at Fort Bliss, Texas, as a second lieutenant. Early in 1918 he entered the army’s aviation training program, completed flight school in July, and was at Rockwell Field near San Diego studying aerial gunnery when World War I ended....