Eaker, Ira Clarence (1896–1987) U.S. Air Force general. Eaker graduated from Southwestern State Teachers College in Oklahoma (1917) and was commissioned in the infantry when the U.S. entered World War I (April 1917). He transferred to the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps and became a pilot (1918). Following a tour in the Philippines (1919–22), he served in the office of the chief of the Air Service (1924–26).