Staff Sergeant Howard L. Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Hawkins, Marceline, has been awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air Medal for “exceptionally meritorious achievement,” while participating in sustained combat operations over enemy occupied continental Europe. S/Sgt. Hawkins is an Armorer Gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. He enlised in the Army on October 16, 1943. A brother, Carl L. Hawkins, of the Marines, is stationed in San Diego, Calif.