Born November 21, 1887, near Pawhuska, Osage Reservation, Died June 7, 1942, Battle of the Midway WWII, Pacific Ocean
Clarence Leonard Tinker was the eldest son of George Edward Tinker and Sarah (
Elementary education for Clarence was at Hominy and Pawhuska Catholic Schools as well as the public school at Elgin, Kansas. Tinker idolized the Osage Indian Scouts he studied about who served the US Cavalry, and he served the US forces in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.
As a youth, Clarence worked in the print shop of his father, who published the Wah-
In 1913, Tinker was transferred to Hawaii where he met and married Madeline Doyle. Clarence served in the southwestern United States, and during World War I, he was promoted to Major.
Tinker began flying lessons with the ROTC at Riverside, California, and when his father came to visit, they spoke Osage to each other. Tinker established his identity as Osage, and he was transferred to the Army Air Service on July 1, 1922, in the same class with Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1927, he became Commander of the Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, and he continued his career as a soldier and was steadily promoted until he was a Brigadier General in 1940. After the attack of Pearl Harbor, Tinker became the Commander of the Seventh Air Force in Hawaii. Tinker flew an early model of B-24’s at Midway, and while chasing the Japanese his plane with a crew of eight, plunged into the sea. General Tinker’s son was also lost at sea in 1944 while in a dogfight with the Germans in 1944.
Tinker became the first General to die in WWII. He received the Soldier’s Medal in
The Osage honor Tinker every year at their In-Lon-Schka dances, and there is a special song dedicated to