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Adm William Theodore "Razz" Rassieur
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Birth: Mar. 15, 1900
Death: May 14, 1993
San Diego County
California, USA

Son of:
William & Augusta (Frisch) Rassieur

Brother of:
Norman L. Rassieuir b.1906 MO.
Louis F. Rassieur b.1914 MO.

RASSIEUR, REAR ADMIRAL William T...From a contemporary press report: May 22, 1993 - Rear Admiral William T. Rassieur, who left St. Louis as a teen-ager for a life at sea, died May 14, 1993, at the San Diego Hospice in San Diego, California. He was 93 and had lived in retirement in Rancho Santa Fe, California. After graduating from Cleveland High School in 1918, he joined the Navy as a radioman for service in World War I. He was among 600 enlisted sailors who took the Navy's test for Annapolis - and among 25 who passed. Admiral Rassieur graduated in 1923 and got his naval aviator's wings of gold in 1926. His first command was of VP-14 - a job he left to become executive officer of the seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4) , at Pearl Harbor, just in time for the Japanese attack. For the rest of his life, Admiral Rassieur kept as a souvenir a piece from the propeller of the Japanese plane that crashed on the Curtis' deck. He wore two other souvenirs - the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was the first commanding officer of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where today the community center bears his name. In 1944, he got his wartime command at sea - the escort carrier Sargent Bay, which took part in the fighting at Saipan, Palau, the Philippines and Iwo Jima. Admiral Rassieur's postwar career alternated between special duty as a nuclear weapons expert and commands - of the attack carrier Kearsarge, of the Navy's Middle East Force and of the naval air stations in the Hawaiian Islands. Admiral Rassieur retired at Pearl Harbor in 1952 with two-star honors.

COURTESY OF:
Gayle Rassieur Harris

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Rassieur (1872 - 1944)
  Augustina Frisch Rassieur (1876 - 1924)
 
 Spouse:
  Ruby Irene Rassieur (1904 - 1957)*
 
 Children:
  William Theodore Rassieur (1928 - 2001)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Lettie Kirby
Record added: Sep 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59113720
Adm William Theodore Razz Rassieur
Added by: Jack Davison
 
Adm William Theodore Razz Rassieur
Added by: Lettie Kirby
 
Adm William Theodore Razz Rassieur
Added by: Lettie Kirby
 
 
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- Jack Davison
 Added: Jan. 3, 2014
from the son of a Fighting One squadron mate.
- Jack Davison
 Added: Nov. 12, 2012
Thank you.
- Lettie Kirby
 Added: Sep. 13, 2012
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