The son of Professor Franz Strahm, a German immigrant, Victor Herbert Strahm graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1915. He joined the United States air service in May 1917 and began flight training at Wilbur Wright Training Field in Dayton, Ohio in July 1917. A Salmson 2A2 pilot in 1918, he became an ace while serving with the 91st Observation Squadron. When the war ended, he remained in the army, serving as chief test pilot during the 1930's. During World War II he was deputy commander of the 9th Air Force and later served as deputy commander of the 33rd Air Division at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City and commander of Barksdale Air Force Base at Shreveport, Louisiana. He retired with the rank of Brigadier General in 1953 after 36 years of service. On 28 April 1957, having undergone heart surgery and despondent due to ill health, Strahm was found at his home in Shreveport with a bullet wound to the head and a .32 caliber pistol at his side. He was flown to the Lackland Air Force Base hospital but died on 11 May at the age of 61.
The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, Tuesday, 9 April 1957, page 34
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Victor H. Strahm, Major (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Metz, France, September 13, 1918. Major Strahm displayed remarkable courage and skill in penetrating the enemy territory for a distance of 25 kilometers, flying at an altitude of less than 300 meters. His plane was subjected to intense fire from anti-aircraft guns in the region of Metz, and he was attacked by a superior number of German planes, one of which he destroyed. He completed his mission and returned with information of great military value.