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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 29, 1921
Date of death: August 6, 1945
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1944 Strassle LB.jpg

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

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.


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".

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

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