Oskaloosa Bandstand Flag Notice – May 2020

Clayborn Carriker

May 2020
Clayborn Carriker
June 26, 1924 – April 24, 2019

United States Army Air Force

The flag flying over the bandstand during May is in honor of Clay Carriker.

He was a 1942 graduate of Oskaloosa High School and entered the military with 16 of his classmates on October 13 of that same year.
Clay was in the Army-Air Force and flew 17 combat sorties over German-occupied Europe in a B-24 Liberator, bombing primarily in Germany. Upon his discharge, in October 1945, he was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with five Bronze Stars and the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

After his military service, Clay put together a logging crew and cut trees in the forests of Washington State. A few years later, he returned to Oskaloosa and opened a filling station in New Sharon, where he sold fuel, service, and used cars. Shortly thereafter, he became the sales/service manager for the Oskaloosa Studebaker dealership owned by Lee and Earl Green. The Greens later purchased the Ford dealership from the Lamberson family. Clay became their sales manager, and eventually, Clay purchased Green’s Ford and built his own new dealership on South 17th Street.

If you are interested in flying the flag of a veteran above the bandstand, contact Shawn Langkamp at Langkamp Funeral Chapel & Crematory at 641-672-2181 or www.langkampfuneralchapel.com

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