|Clarence Eugene Ekstrom|
March 10, 1902|
|Died||January 11, 1986(aged 83)|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1924–1962|
|Commands held||USS Savo Island
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
United States Sixth Fleet
Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet
|Battles/wars||World War II|
In November 1940 Lieutenant Commander Ekstrom was the commanding officer of reconnaissance squadron VCS-9.
- The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Clarence Eugene Ekstrom, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Escort Carrier USS Savo Island (CVE-78), in a surface engagement with a large task force of the Japanese Fleet near the Island of Samar in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Captain Ekstrom handled his ship at all times in a highly expert and seamanlike manner. By his courage, skill in combat, and determination, he gave encouragement to his officers and men and to his air personnel in a manner that caused his action to be largely instrumental in the defeat of the Japanese task force. Captain Ekstrom's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.
Ekstrom married Elizabeth "Betty" Lobdell (1912–2006) in Seattle on 24 May 1939. They had two children, Martha and John, and four grandchildren, Dasho, Djuna, Cascade and Kalyn.
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- "Aircraft Carrier Photo Index: USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42)". navsource.org. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "William J. Kossler Award". vtol.org. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- David E. Graham (January 7, 2007). "Obituary : Elizabeth Lobdell Ekstrom". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "United States Naval Aviation 1910–1995" (PDF). www.history.navy.mil. Retrieved 10 August 2010.