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Strauss, Elliott B. (1903-2003)

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on four interviews conducted by Paul Stillwell in October and November 1986. The volume contains 364 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1989 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


The son of four-star Admiral Joseph Strauss, this officer followed his father in the naval profession. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1923 and soon went on the shakedown cruise of the light cruiser Concord (CL-10). He was subsequently in the battleship Arkansas (BB-33), various destroyers, and the cruiser Nashville (CL-43); he commanded the USS Brooks (DD-232). In the mid-1930s he was an assistant naval attaché in Great Britain, later flag lieutenant for Commander Atlantic Squadron, Rear Admiral Alfred Johnson. He became a naval observer in England on the eve of World War II, then was the first American naval officer on the staff of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Chief of Combined Operations. Strauss took part in the Dieppe operation, later served on various staffs in the months leading up to the invasion of France in June 1944. He later commanded the attack transport Charles Carroll (APA-28) and the cruiser Fresno (CL?121). After duty in OpNav he commanded Destroyer Flotilla Six, later served with the U.S. mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. After retirement he was chief of the U.S. aid mission to Tunisia.


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