Clarence Leonard

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Clarence Leonard was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma back in 1887 to George and Sarah. He received his elementary education at Hominy and later at Elgin, Kansas. While growing up he worked at his father’s print shop. In 1906, he enrolled at Wentworth Military Academy graduating in 1908.

In 1912, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He rose through the ranks to major before the outbreak of WWII. He began flight training in 1919, before being transferred to the Army Air Service in 1922.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor he was named Commander of the Seventh Air Force in Hawaii. In 1942 during the Battle of Midway Island he lead a force of B-24’s against the retreating Japanese naval forces. During the battle, his plane was shot down, neither the plane or his body has never been found.

What you may not know about Clarence Leonard Tinker is that he was the highest ranking Native-American officer to reach the rank of Major General and sadly the first general to be killed in WWII. Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is named in his honor.

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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning James Dray 

I had heard of Tinker but knew nothing about him. Thank you for the rest of the story

Sep 15, 2018 04:25 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray it's very sad to hear of any military person being killed..... another piece of history shared today.

Sep 15, 2018 04:29 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning James - another patriot and a milestone for Native Americans.

Sep 15, 2018 04:59 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It was it  until the end that I remembered of general Tinkers name in history.


I can’t remember if today is your golf day or not but have a happy Saturday nonetheless....

Sep 15, 2018 05:05 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Quite an honor to have a base named after you....and well deserved !

Sep 15, 2018 05:15 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

A true American hero.

Sep 15, 2018 05:45 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Fascinating history, James.  I've spent some time at Tinker AFB and never knew this story.

Sep 15, 2018 06:41 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very cool story my friend, I always look forward to your posts and learning about somebody new.

Sep 15, 2018 07:19 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a fabulous story and amazing man. Great read.

Sep 15, 2018 09:45 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is another one of those posts of yours that are memorable.  Wishing you a great day playing golf!  A

Sep 15, 2018 11:26 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- Larry was familiar with Tinker AFB but has not been there!!!  Very interesting story. 

Sep 15, 2018 11:49 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Thanks for h=sharing the history of Clarence. Tinker remains major economic determinant in Oklahoma City and I am sure his family is still proud of this.

Sep 15, 2018 01:56 PM #12
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Thanks for Clarence who "Sacrificed Everything"  for this country. 

Sep 19, 2018 06:13 AM #13
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Great story about a great American hero.  Thanks James!  You've made my Dray

Oct 14, 2018 02:09 PM #14
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