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Raymond Strassle '44

Date of birth: May 29, 1921

Date of death: August 6, 1945

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


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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