Preliminary Inventory of the Clarence E. Ekstrom papers

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Preliminary Inventory of the Clarence E. Ekstrom papers

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Stanford University

Stanford, California
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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.
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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975.


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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". 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.

Collection Contents


Personal file

Box: 1

Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral Clarence E. Ekstrom, United States Navy. Citation (copy), undated

Box: 1

Orders Relieving Vice Admiral Clarence E. Ekstrom, USN, Commander Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet, of All Active Duty Incident to His Retirement, 1962 November 30


Collected material: Speeches and writings

Box: 1

Box: 1

Economics of Defense in the Nuclear Age, by Charles J. Hitch and Roland N. McKean, report by Captain C. R. Calhoum, undated

Box: 1

Organization for War in Modern Times, lecture by Field Marshal Montgomery, Royal United Service Institution, 1955 October 12

Box: 1

Extract from speech by General George Decker, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, annual conference of Army Judge Advocates, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1960 September 6

Box: 1

Some Navigational Lights for Troubled International Waters, address by Hon. James A. Farley, Chairman of the Board, Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Chicago, 1963 March 15

Box: 1

Address by Admiral George W. Anderson, Jr., Chief of Naval Operations, Awards Luncheon of the Navy League Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1963 May 3

Box: 1

Sea-Based Striking Power, presentation by Vice Admiral P. D. Stroop, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Force, United States Pacific Fleet to Aviator-Space Writers Symposium on 23 May, 1963, Dallas, Texas


Collected material: Office files

Box: 1

United States. Navy Dept., Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Box: 1

CNO Information, 1959 December 18

Box: 1

Another Reorganization Threatens, 1960 August 26

Box: 1

Thoughts on Department of Defense Organization, 1960 September 26

Box: 1

Matter of Current Importance, personal letter to Retired Flag Officers, 1963, April-July

Box: 1

United States, Naval Aviation

Box: 1

United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1960. Prepared at the direction of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (AIR) and the Chief of the Bureau of Naval Weapons, 1960

Box: 1

Navy Aircraft Contracts, 1911-1936, photo copy, undated

Box: 1

Aviation Log, Curtiss Hydroaeroplane, Navy No. A-1, 1911 July 1 to 1912 October 16

Box: 1

Air Force Association.

Box: 1

Memorandum from Howard T. Markey, President, undated

Box: 1

4 (Four) photographs of Japanese war ships. Includes technical characteristics, undated


Printed matter

Box: 1

USS Kitty Hawk-CVA63 : World's First Guided Missile Attack Aircraft Carrier, pamphlet, undated

Box: 1

Alert: Freedom and You: Facts for the Armed Forces, No. 2. This pamphlet was purchased for the Armed Services by the Directorate for Armed Forces Information and Education, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., undated

Box: 1

Salvo - The Japs Will Hate The 78, Savo Island, commissioning issue, 1944

Box: 1

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, F. D. Reporter, published for the crew, by the crew about their shipmates and shiplife, 1949-1950

Box: 1

Box: 1

My Trip With the U.S. Navy: Fall Maneuvers, November 1 to 22, 1949, from Norfolk, Virginia to Arctic Circle in the Davis Straight, and Return, by Wm. F. Hubbard, Hugoton, Kansas, 1950 February 5

Box: 1

Information Bulletin for Armed Forces Personnel Entering Naples, Italy, Comsubcomnelm/Comhedsuppact, Naples, Italy, 1954 June

Box: 1

USS Forrestal, CVA 59, Christening Newport News, Virginia, 1954 December 11

Box: 1

U.S.S. Forrestal, CVA 59. Commissioning Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 1955 October 1

Box: 1

USS Ticonderoga, aircraft carrier CVA 14, 1944-1955

Box: 1

View 1: The War We are In, prepared by Champion Papers of Hamilton, Ohio, 1960 Winter

Box: 1

Defense Strength of Japan, 1961 Winter

Box: 1

The First Navy Aircraft, Curtiss - Navy Model A-1, Then and Now, 1911-1961

Box: 1

Reorganization of the Department of Defense: Philosophy and Counter-Philosophy, U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland, 1961

Box: 1

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Overseas Training Cruise, 1961. Training Squadron

Box: 1

Destroyers in the United States Navy, Naval History Division, Washington, D.C., 1962

Box: 1

Service Information Summary, Douglas Aircraft Company Inc., Aircraft Division, Long Beach, California. Souvenir issue, 50th Anniversary, Naval Aviation, 1911-1961 1962 January-February.

Box: 1

Navy Speakers' Notes, published by the Chief of Information, 1963 April-August

Box: 1

Chinfo, newsletter, Chief of Information, Navy Department, Washington, D.C., 1964

Box: 1

Miscellany. Officers and Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, 1960-1961

Map case

Oversize materials

Oversize folder

Act of military surrender of the Wehrmacht signed at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force by German Chief-of-Staff General Alfred Jodl, Reims, France 1945 May 7

Oversize folder

Japanese Instrument of Surrender, written agreement ending the Pacific War and with it World War II. Signed by representatives from the Empire of Japan, the United States of America, the Republic of China, the United Kingdom, the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, and in the interests of the other United Nations at war with Japan, Potsdam, Germany, 1945 July 26

10 A/V 75086


Envelope A

7 photos of dedication ceremonies for memorials in Tripoli, 1958

Envelope B

4 photos of NATO conference, 1957

Envelope C

8 photos of the crew of the USS Savo Island, 1944-1945

Envelope D

11 photos of Italian Admiral Mindelli on visit to the USS Intrepid, 1955

Envelope E

2 photos of Mr. Thomas, First Lord of the Admiralty, 1955

Envelope F

10 photos of the commissioning of the USS Savo Island, 1944

Envelope G

7 photos of the ceremony commissioning the USS Kenneth Whiting, undated

Envelope H

6 photos of Vice Admiral Ofstie, R.N., Rear Admiral Collet, R.N. and Captain Pedder, R.N., undated

Envelope I

4 photos of a visit to the Mechanical Metallurgy Industry, Milan, 1956

Envelope J

66 photos of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1949-1950

Envelope K

11 photos of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1927

Envelope L

8 photos reviewing the U.S. Marine Corps, San Diego, 1960

Envelope M

35 photos of the Sixth Fleet, change of Command, 1959

Envelope N

6 photos of the HMS Ark Royal, 1958

Envelope O

4 photos of J.J.L. Willinge, R.A., 1950

Envelope P

1 photo of Neil McElroy, Secretary of Defense, 1957-1960

Envelope Q

5 photos of the First Marine Aircraft Wing, 1961

Envelope R

2 photos of the dedication of the Naval Air Station Lemoore, undated

Envelope S

2 photos of the inspection of the USS Oriskany, undated

Envelope T

15 photos of Italian Admiral Atsugi's visit and Rear Admiral Sharp (Corn Fair West Pac), Oct. 1962

Envelope U

10 photos of US aircraft carriers and submarines, undated

Envelope V

2 photos of Commander Fleet Air Eastern Atlantic/Mediterranean/Comnavactsoned and Staff, 1958

Envelope W

6 photos of Apollo Space Mission, 1962

Envelope X-Z

148 photos and candid shots of Vice Admiral Clarence E. Ekstrom with officials, 1959-62


5 photo albums relating to the USS Des Moines' visit to European ports and with foreign and U.S. dignitaries and officials, 1959


1 photo album relating to a memorial reunion aboard the USS Bunker, 1970


1 album of 12 Elected Explorer Delegate Conference, 1961


1 album of the Gray Eagle Presentation, 1962


1 album of Admiral Halsey Field, 1961


1 album of the visit of Secretary of the Navy (John B. Connally Jr.), 1962


2 albums of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. First Fleet exercise, 1961

Envelope mLL

1 photo of Guantanamo Bay, 1927

Envelope mMM

4 photos of the USS Randolph, 1957

Envelope mNN

1 photo of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Class, 1930

Envelope mOO

2 photos of Commander Fleet Air Eastern Atlantic/Mediterranean Co. staff, 1957

Envelope mPP

2 color photo portraits of Vice Admiral Clarence E. Ekstrom, undated

Envelope mQQ

1 photo of Fred Korth, Secretary of the Navy, 1962

Envelope mRR

9 photos of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952-1960

Envelope m*SS

1 photo of the USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt Marine Detachment, 1949