From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Carl Holmstrom '38

Date of birth: January 10, 1916

Date of death: August 5, 1944

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Carl was lost when his SB2C-3 Helldiver was shot down over Chichijima, Bonin Islands, Japan, on August 5, 1944. He was operating from USS Franklin (CV 13) as a part of Bombing Squadron (VB) 13; he was the squadron's executive officer.

His parents were listed as next of kin.


From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • NAS Pensacola attached for HTA flight training, 8/26/1940
  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 7200, 2/26/1941
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • Date of rank LT from 1 Jul 1942 USN Register, 6/15/1942
  • VB-13 (XO) NAS Wildwood, 11/1/1943
  • Date of rank LCDR from 1 Jul 1944 USN Register, 3/1/1944
  • VB-13 (XO) USS Franklin (CV-13), 3/1/1944
  • VB-13 (XO) USS Franklin (CV-13) DFC PH KIA BNR, 8/5/1944

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Carl B. A. Holmstrom (NSN: 0-81095), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a carrier-based Scout Bomber in the Bonin Islands on 5 August 1944.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 337 (April 1945)
Action Date: August 5, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Class of 1938

Carl is one of 69 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.