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World War II 1
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Army Air Forces 1
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General 1
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13 Apr 1896 1
Field Creek, Texas 1
Death:
06 Aug 1987 1
Andrews AFB, Maryland 1
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Lt. General Ira C. Eaker, Right, Deputy Commander Of The Army Air Forces, Received A Typical Hawaiian Welcome On His Arrival At Hickam Field, 24 April 1946 On The First Leg Of An Extensive Inspection Tour Of Pacific Air Bases. He Is Shown Wearing The Trad
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Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker, Commanding Gen. Of Maaf, Major General Lucien K. Truscott, Commanding Gen. Of The 6Th Corps, And Brig. Gen. Gordon P. Saville, Commanding Gen. Of The 12Th Air Support Command Inspect The New Revetments Built By Engineers At Anzio Be
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Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker, Commanding Gen. Of The Maaf, Was Awarded The Brazilian Grande Official De Ordem Do Cruzeiro Do Sul (Order Of The Southern Cross, Grande Official Degree). The Decoration Is The Highest Brazil Awards To Non-Brazilians, Except To Head
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Air Marshall Sir Arthur Harris And Major General Ira C. Eaker Salute The Men Of The 8Th Air Force And Allied Air Forces Who Have Been Presented Awards During A Mass Decoration Ceremony At Teddington, England On 17 July 1943.

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Person:
Ira Clarence Eaker 1
Ira C Eaker 2
Age in 1930: 34 2
Birth:
13 Apr 1896 1
Field Creek, Texas 1
Estimated Birth Year: 1896 2
Death:
06 Aug 1987 1
Andrews AFB, Maryland 1
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Place: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA County, District of Columbia 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: DIST OF COLUMBIA 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
General 1
Service Start Date:
1917 1
Service End Date:
1947 1

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General Ira Clarence Eaker

England, British Isles

In 1930 Ira and his brother Carl were at Bolling Aviation Field, Wash. DC.

General Ira Clarence Eaker (voiced "acre") KCB KBE (April 13, 1896 – August 6, 1987) was a general of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Eaker, as second-in-command of the prospective Eighth Air Force, was sent to England to form and organize its bomber command. However while he struggled to build up airpower in England, the organization of the Army Air Forces kept evolving and he was named commander of the Eighth Air Force on December 1, 1942.

Although his background was in single-engine fighter aircraft, Eaker became the architect of a strategic bombing force that ultimately numbered forty groups of 60 heavy bombers each, supported by a subordinate fighter command of 1,500 aircraft, most of which was in place by the time he relinquished command at the start of 1944.

Eaker then took overall command of four Allied air forces based in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, and by the end of World War II had been named Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Air Forces. He worked in the aerospace industry following his retirement from the military, then became a newspaper columnist.

Eaker was born in Field Creek, Texas, in 1896, the son of a tenant farmer. He attended Southeastern State Teachers College in Durant, Oklahoma, then joined the US Army in 1917.

He was appointed a second lieutenant of Infantry, Officer's Reserve Corps, and assigned to active duty with the 64th Infantry Regiment at Camp Bliss, El Paso, Texas. The 64th Infantry was assigned to the 14th Infantry Brigade on December 20, 1917, to be part of the 7th Infantry Division when it deployed to France.

On November 15, 1917, Eaker received a commission in the Regular Army. He later received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Southern California in 1934.

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The "Gen. Ira C Eaker Award"  

Ira C. Eaker ribbon

The General Ira C. Eaker Award is given by the Civil Air Patrol in honor of the former Deputy Commander U.S. Army Air Forces and aviation pioneer. It is presented on behalf of CAP by CAP National Headquarters to cadets who have completed the specific requirements in the Phase IV of the cadet program. The award is accompanied by promotion to the grade of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel.

By regulation, this award should be presented by a region commander (or designee) or higher, a governor, congressman, federal judge, official appointed to a federal office, or a military officer in the rank of colonel (or the equivalent) or above.

Awards and decorations of the Civil Air Patrol are decorations issued by the Civil Air Patrol of the United States of America for a variety of accomplishment. Such awards are considered civilian decorations and generally speaking may only be worn and displayed on a uniform of the Civil Air Patrol. An exception to this rule applies to AFROTC and AFJROTC cadets, and also cadets of some other community-based cadet programs who have also participated in CAP. AFROTC cadets may wear their highst earned cadet milestone award ribbon with the exception of the Eaker and Wright Brothers Awards on their AFROTC ribbon rack. AFJROTC cadets may wear the Curry Achievement ribbon in addition to all cadet milestone award ribbons with the exception of the Wright Brothers Award. CAP members may wear up to three JROTC/ROTC ribbons, if they are currently enrolled, and also federal military ribbons on their CAP uniforms.

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