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

Memorial Hall Error

Rexford is not on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.

Class of 1939

Rexford is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.