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LtJG Walter Morris STRAUB, U.S.N.
Class of 1942 of the United States Naval Academy. The 1942 Lucky Bag.  Baker, Jones, Hausauer, Inc., Printers, Buffalo, NY (online at Ancestry.com):  extract of p. 101.
Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Subject:  Walter Morris "Dick" STRAUB
Birth:  6 Dec 1919, Chicago, Cook Co., IL
Death:  13 Nov 1942, Battle of Guadalcanal, sinking of the USS Atlanta
Memorial:  Tablets of the Missing, American Manila Cemetery, Manila, Philippines
Education:  U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., MD
Military Service:  World War II:  Pacific Theater:  Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy
Military Honor:  U.S. Navy Destroyer Escort ship named for him: the Walter Morris Straub
Military Award:  Purple Heart
Father:  Walter Morris STRAUB
Mother:  Margaret Tinsley HASLUP
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Maryland


1.  Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938 (online at familysearch.org):
Name Walter Morris Straub
Event Date 06 Dec 1919
Event Place Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Gender Male
Father's Name Walter Morris Straub
Mother's Name Margaret Tinsley Haslup
GS Film Number 1309347
Reference ID 43329

2.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Walter or his parents.  We know his parents were in Baltimore, MD, in 1918; Bronx, NY, in 1922; and Brooklyn, NY, in 1924.

3.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Walter's father, though he is said to be deceased.  His twice-divorced mother is living with her parents in Baltimore, MD.  Why is Walter not living with his mother?  Was he sent away to school?

4.  1940 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #36 of 48):  Bancroft Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis City, Anne Arundel Co., MD, Roll: T627_1502, p. 133B, Line 49, SN 18B, SD 5, ED 2-33-A, enumerated 16 Apr 1940:, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1940 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1940:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 19 20 21   28 29 30   31 32 33
Straub Walter M M W 20 S Y C-1 Illinois Ventnor New Jersey N Y Midshipman US Navy GW 52 780 Y

5.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name LtJG Walter Morris Straub
Birth unknown, Baltimore, MD
Death Nov. 13, 1942, at sea
Bio Walter served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, USS Atlanta (CL-51), U.S. Navy during World War II.  He resided in Baltimore, Maryland, priot to the war.  He was declared "missing in Action" when the Atlanta was sunk during the Naval Battle fo Guadalcanal during the war.  He was awarded a Purple Heart. Service #O-123580.  (Bio. by Russ Pickett)
Note Entered the service from Maryland.
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Burial Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila, Philippines
Mother Mrs. M.E. Straub
Memorial # 56774135; created by CWGC/ABMC, 8 Aug 2010

6a.  Navy Department.  Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.  United States Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (online at Ancestry.com and GenealogyBank.com):
Date Page Line Class Name Appointed
Date of
1 July 1939 423 555 Midshipman - 3rd Class Walter Morris Straub Md 15 July 38
1 July 1940 428 500 Midshipman - 2nd Class Walter Morris Straub Md 15 July 38
1 July 1941 434 489 Midshipman - 1st Class Walter Morris Straub Md 15 July 38

6b.  Navy Department.  Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.  United States Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (online at Ancestry.com and GenealogyBank.com):
Date Page No.
Name Special courses
and qualification
Date of 
Permanent status
Rank Date of rank
1 July 1942 292 469 8279 Walter Morris Straub     Ensign 19 Dec 41

7.  Navy Department.  1946.  Combat Connected Naval Casualties:  World War II, by States.  Rev. Ed.  Casualty Section, Office of Public Information, USN (online at Ancestry.com):
State Status Vol Pg Entry
Maryland Dead I 11 STRAUB, Walter Morris, Lieutenant (jg), USN, Mother, Mrs. M.E. Straub, 400 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

8.  Anon.  30 Nov 1942.  "Navy Officer Here Who Warned Over War Dies in Action."  Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph (Pittsburg, PA) (names abstracted and posted on www.carnegielibrary.org): 
Lt. (j.g.) Walter M. Straub. 
Mrs. Margaret Straub. 
Mrs. Edna Straub Whitesell. 
Miss Frieda Straub. 
Walter M. Straub.
It would clearly be worthwhile obtaining a copy of this article.  Even with just this excerpt, the article is important because it confirms that our subject definitely is the Walter Morris STRAUB born in 1919 in Chicago to this Walter & Margaret STRAUB because Edna (STRAUB) WHITESELL is the senior Walter's sister (our subject's aunt).

9.  "Walter M. Straub."  American Battle Monuments Commission (online at www.abmc.gov):
Walter M. Straub
Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy
United States Navy
Entered the Service From: Maryland
Service #: 0-123580
Date of Death: November 13, 1942
Wars or Conflicts: World War II
  Tablets of the Missing
  Manila American Cemetery
  Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart

10.  Anon.  Monday, 20 Sep 1943.  "Nine Vessels Are Launched in U.S."  State Times Advocate (Baton Rouse, LA), p. 4 (online at GenealogyBank.com):

Same Associated Press article published on the same date in the Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), p. 31, and the Springfield Republican (Springfield, MA), p. 2.

11.  Messages posted to the STRAUB Surname Board (online at Ancestry.com).

12.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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