RAYMOND W. STRASSLE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Raymond Strassle '44

Date of birth: May 29, 1921

Date of death: August 6, 1945

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

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Raymond William Strassle

Bloomingdale, New Jersey

Ray was one of our finest athletes and stripers, but we will remember him best for the "jive" he was "hep" to and his brunette from Jersey. The fine sense of humor that springs from the plains of Paterson and Passaic carried him unperturbed through the dust of soccer and lacrosse scrimmages and the chalk-dust of the classroom. When we want to meet Ray after the war, we'll search among the Manhattan night spots. He will be remembered, too, for his part in designing the class crest and ring, and for the "Blue and Gold" in his nature that lay even deeper than his love of living.


He was named an All-American for the 1943 season.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

1944 Strassle LB.jpg

Raymond William Strassle

Bloomingdale, New Jersey

Ray was one of our finest athletes and stripers, but we will remember him best for the "jive" he was "hep" to and his brunette from Jersey. The fine sense of humor that springs from the plains of Paterson and Passaic carried him unperturbed through the dust of soccer and lacrosse scrimmages and the chalk-dust of the classroom. When we want to meet Ray after the war, we'll search among the Manhattan night spots. He will be remembered, too, for his part in designing the class crest and ring, and for the "Blue and Gold" in his nature that lay even deeper than his love of living.


He was named an All-American for the 1943 season.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

Raymond was lost when USS Bullhead (SS 332) was sunk, probably by Japanese aircraft, on or around August 6, 1945, in the Java Sea.

Ray is mentioned a few times in "Overdue and Presumed Lost: The Story of the USS Bullhead".

He was survived by his wife, Jean De Groat Strassle. They were married September 28, 1944.

Early Life

From the Morning Call on December 23, 1939:

The Bloomingdale youth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Strassle of Morse Lake. He was born in Union City and attended grammar school in Tenafly and graduated from Trenton Elementary school. Raymond spent his freshman year at Trenton High school, his sophomore year at Cranford High school and graduated after his junior and senior semesters at Montclair High school last June.

At Montclair, Strassle devoted much of his extra-curricular activity to the school publication, “The Mountaineer,” and having followed a college preparatory course desired to enter journalism as a profession upon graduation from college.

Raymond’s father dissuaded the youth from journalism and prevailed upon him to matriculate at Randall Naval Preparatory School as a stepping stone to Annapolis. Mr. Strassle was born in Switzerland and explains lack of any naval men in the family lineage due to the absence of the famed “Swiss Navy.”

Last summer Raymond experienced two weeks at sea on the heavy cruiser, U.S.S. Vincennes, sister ship student of naval lore, expressed a preference last evening to be attached to the grand fleet should he successfully pass through Annapolis. Destroyers particularly appeal to the academy appointee.

Met in Newark Pennsylvania railroad station last evening by his parents, Raymond had made the trip home with a contingent of plebes from Annapolis eager to spend their first Christmas with their families.

Mr. and Mrs. Strassle and their daughter, Frances, greeted Raymond at the station and the foursome happily drove to their Bloomingdale residence to pore for the happiest Christmas the family has experienced.

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John Windheim, Jr. '44 and John Adams, Jr. '44 were also on the lacrosse team.


Class of 1944

Raymond is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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