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.

His parents were listed as next of kin.

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.