Clarence “Slim” Fleukiger
Fourth master of the U.S. Dredge Thompson
Capt. Clarence August “Slim” Fluekiger (1918-1990) of Alma, Wisconsin, started as a deckhand on the U.S. Dredge Thompson in 1945. He worked his way up to serve as master of the Thompson from 1968-1977. He served during a period when the Corps transitioned to dredging operations tailored to enhancing the environment on the river. On Aug. 30, 1991, a 46-foot, 35-ton tender vessel named the U.S. Fluekiger was christened in his honor at the Fountain City Service Base in Fountain City, Wisconsin, by friends and family who broke water balloons on her hull. Life on the river ran in the Fluekiger family. Captain Fluekiger’s brother, Walter “Buck” Fluekiger, was a maintenance and repair foreman at Fountain City. A third brother, Harry Fluekiger, was an equipment and repairman at Lock and Dam No. 4, near Alma, Wisconsin. The captain’s great-nephew, Terrance Fluekiger, started with the Corps in the 1990s as a summer-hire while in college and worked his way up to head lock and dam operator at Lower St. Anthony Falls. Terrance’s twin brother, Christopher, worked at Lock and Dam No. 5, near Minnesota City, Minnesota, as a summer-hire. Terrance’s nephew, Jordon Fluekiger, works on the Dredge Goetz three-vessel fleet.