Editor’s note: This tribute is one in a series of reader-submitted tributes to World War II-era veterans that will be posted during September.
SEAMAN 1ST CLASS JOSEPH ANDREW EKSTEDT, USN
Branch: U.S. Navy.
Years of service: Two years, eight months.
Highest rank attained: Seaman first class.
Significant duty stations or deployments during the War: USS Bennington (CV-20), Okinawa campaign.
POST-WAR CAREER: Worked at Naval Base Kitsap— Keyport, mostly on torpedoes, retiring as foreman.