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Preliminary Inventory of the Clarence E. Ekstrom papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Clarence E. Ekstrom papers
    Dates: 1943-1962
    Collection Number: 75086
    Creator: Ekstrom, Clarence E. (Clarence Eugene), 1902-1986.
    Collection Size: 1 manuscript box, 26 envelopes, 1 oversize folder, 3 album boxes (4.4 linear feet)
    Repository: 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
    Languages: In English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Clarence E. Ekstrom papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    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.