Tinker made ultimate sacrifice

Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker, an Oklahoma native and Tinker Air Force Base namesake, was killed in 1942 when he led a flight of LB-30s into a bomb strike against Imperial Japan. Tinker, who selected himself as flight leader for the combat mission instead of asking his subordinates to go, was the first general officer to die in action during World War II. Earlier, following the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Tinker assumed command of the Air Force in Hawaii. Tinker was also a member of the Native American Osage Nation and 30-plus year U.S. Armed Forces veteran. November is National American Indian Heritage Month.

U.S. Air Force photo

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