From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Jump to: navigation, search

Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: 1916
Date of death: April 10, 1945
Age: ~28

Lucky Bag

1939 Ostrom LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:



Rex, Ossie

We all loved those gorgeous Swedish girls of Youngster Cruise. Well, the ladies apparently feel the same way about Swedish boys, at least judging from Rex's case. They just can't resist his curly hair and unassuming manner. But Ossie's popularity doesn't end with the fairer sex--he's a man's man too. One hundred per cent of his acquaintances are friends as well. Besides making friends and thrilling the ladies, Rex has found time for football, wrestling, and a bit of track work. Unfortunately, he hasn't had as much success with academics. His bouts are usually pretty close, but he always manages to win even if it requires an extra period to do so. Rex's personality and his practical mind assure the Navy of another excellent officer.

Football 4, 3, 2, 1; Track 3, 2, 1; Wrestling 3, 2, 1; Battalion Rifle Team 3; Boat Club 3, 2; 1 Stripe.


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 Navigation

Class of 1939
Rexford is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
<< Richard Robinson '39 Montrose McCormick '39 >>