Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Clarence E. Ekstrom papers
Collection Number: 75086
Creator: Ekstrom, Clarence E. (Clarence Eugene), 1902-1986.
1 manuscript box, 26 envelopes, 1 oversize folder, 3 album boxes
(4.4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Photographs and printed matter, relating to American naval operations in the Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, during and
after World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Clarence E. Ekstrom papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975.
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Clarence E. Ekstrom was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1924. In November
1940 Lieutenant Commander Ekstrom was the commanding officer of reconnaissance squadron VCS-9. Ekstrom was awarded the Navy
Cross for his actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf while commanding the escort carrier
USS Savo Island in October 1944.
During 1949 and 1950, Ekstrom commanded the aircraft carrier
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1954 he was awarded the William J. Kossler Award for his achievement in the practical application or operation of a vertical
flight aircraft that year. Ekstrom later commanded the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea.
Vice Admiral Clarence E. Ekstrom served from October 1959 to November 1962 as Commander, Naval Air Force, United States Pacific
Fleet. Under his direction, the combat readiness and capabilities of the Naval Air Force units in the U.S. Pacific Fleet increased,
providing the United States with an effective tool for preserving peace in several international crises that arose during
his tenure. Through his perseverance, a 'level readiness' program was instituted that overcame previous pilot training deficiencies
and had a positive effect on aviation safety in the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Vice Admiral Ekstrom retired in 1962 and settled in Coronado, California. He passed away on 11 January 1986.
Citation (copy) presenting the Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral Clarence E. Ekstrom, United States Navy, undated
"Military Times Hall of Valor : Awards for Clarence Eugene Ekstrom". www.militarytimes.com. Accessed 23 March 2012.
Scope and Content of Collection
Collected by Clarence E. Ekstrom these photographs and printed matter relate to American naval operations in the Pacific Ocean
and Mediterranean, during and after World War II.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
United States. Navy--Officers.
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations.