Strassle, Raymond William, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Bullhead (SS-332)
Service Years
1944 - 1945
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Paterson, NJ
Last Address
Paterson, NJ

Casualty Date
Aug 23, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 3 Patrols

 
 Duty Stations
USS Bullhead (SS-332)
  1944-1945, USS Bullhead (SS-332)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 USS Bullhead (SS-331)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1940-1944, United States Naval Academy3
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Commission Officer's Service Number
  Sep 01, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Feb 04, 2016, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Ltjg Strassle was on the USS Bullhead (SS-332) when it was on 3rd patrol on 31 July 1945.  Bullhead left Fremantl, Austrailia and her orders were to patrol in a "wolfpack" with Capitaine (SS-336) and Puffer (SS-268) in the Java Sea until 5 September and then head for Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Bullhead reported on 6 August that she had passed through Lombok Strait. That was the last word received from Bullhead. On 12 August, Capitaine, planning to arrive on 13 August, ordered Bullhead to take position the following day in a scouting line with Capitaine and Puffer. Receiving no reply, Capitaine reported on 15 August, "Have been unable to contact Bullhead by any means since arriving in area."

Since the British submarines HMS Taciturn and Thorough, were in the same general area as Bullhead, and Cod (SS-224) and Chub (SS-329) passed through in transit at various times, it is difficult to determine precisely which of the many Japanese anti-submarine attacks was the one that sank Bullhead. However, one occurred on 6 August 1945, when an Imperial Japanese Army Air Force 73Fcs's Mitsubishi Ki-51 attacked with depth charges. It claimed two direct hits, and for ten minutes thereafter, there was a great amount of gushing oil and air bubbles rising in the water. Since the position given is very near the Bali coast, it is presumed that the proximity of mountain peaks shortened Bullhead's radar range and prevented her receiving a warning of the plane's approach. 84 men were lost while serving on USS Bullhead during her service.
   
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