• Links to Oral History Sessions: Riker, Clarence (August 17, 2010)
  • Conflict(s): World War II
  • Military Branch & Unit: Army
  • Theater(s): European
  • US Army Division: 1st Infantry
  • US Army Regiment: 16th Infantry
  • US Army Company: B Company


Born in West Orange, NJ, Mr. Riker was inducted into the US Army in July 1941 and trained at Camp Wheeler and Fort Benning, where he earned his commission in the infantry.  He served as a training officer in the 78th Division before being sent overseas to England, where he joined B Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, First Infantry Division.  He landed at Omaha Red in Normandy at H-Hour on D-Day (6/6/1944) and fought with the "Bid Red One" through St. Lo (where he was wounded), the Siegfried Line, Aachen and the Ardennes, where a second wound ended his battlefield service in January 1945.  He served in the US Army Reserves until 1953.