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Eden in Concho County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

General Ira C. Eaker

 
 
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By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
1. General Ira C. Eaker Marker
Inscription. Ira Clarence Eaker was born April 13, 1896, in Field Creek, Llano County, Texas. In 1906, his parents, Young Yancy and Ladonia (Graham) Eaker, moved the family to the Eden area, where he and his brothers attended school. Eaker enlisted in the army on April 7, 1917, one day after the U.S. declared war on Germany. He was recruited into the army’s early aviation program and continued his pilot training through the war, after which he commanded a squadron in the Philippines. There he helped devise an aircraft level instrument, which was further developed by the Air Corps Materiel Division.

In 1926-27, Eaker served as a pilot in the Pan American Goodwill Tour. He also conceived and tested innovative flight procedures. During the 1930s, he earned a journalism degree and graduated from the Army Command and General Staff School in Kansas. At the outbreak of World War II, Eaker was sent to England to organize and oversee the U.S. 8th Army Air Force Bomber Command, coordinating efforts with the Royal Air Force in round-the-clock bombing of Germany’s war works. He sometimes accompanied his men, believing a commander should know what his troops face in combat. He commanded the 8th Army Air Force and later the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces. Near war’s end, he served at the Pentagon as Deputy Commanding General of the Army Air Forces.

Eaker retired in 1947 and worked for Howard Hughes and then for Douglas Aircraft Company, from which he retired in 1961. He launched a newspaper column a few years later and involved himself in military commentary for the rest of his life. He returned here often for family and community events. The recipient of more than 50 awards and decorations, including knighthood in England and a U.S. Congressional Gold Medal as “Aviation Pioneer and Air Power Leader,” he died August 6, 1987.
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By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
2. James Earl Rudder and General Ira C. Eaker Markers

 
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12922.)
 
Location. 31° 12.895′ N, 99° 50.693′ W. Marker is in Eden, Texas, in Concho County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Main Street (U.S. 83) and Jackson Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on S. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Eden TX 76837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Earl Rudder (here, next to this marker); Eden (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneers Rest Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eden Church of Christ (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church of Eden (approx. ¼ mile away); Eden United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. 13.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eden.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Ira C. Eaker. U.S. Air Force Biography (Submitted on March 28, 2018.) 

2. Ira Clarence Eaker. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on March 28, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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