From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Rexford Ostrom '39

Date of birth: October 30, 1915

Date of death: April 10, 1945

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


Rexford was lost when his F6F-5 Hellcat was shot down over the Ryukyu islands (possibly Okinawa). (Note: that site says Iwo Jima for his place of loss; history of USS Santee (CVE 29) places Rexford nearly 1,000 miles away at the time.)

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Rexford J. Ostrom (NSN: 0-82602), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Pilot and Flight Leader embarked in U.S.S. SANTEE over the Ryukyus on 10 April 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 352 (July 1946)
Action Date: April 10, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighting Squadron
Division: U.S.S. Santee

Class of 1939

Rexford is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.