Historical Foundation Director Marks 100th Birthday

Story Number: NNS030513-07Release Date: 5/13/2003 11:01:00 AM
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By Jack A. Green, Naval Historical Center Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Retired Rear Adm. Elliott B. Strauss, a Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) Director for 30 years and former chairman of the Board of Directors, recently celebrated his 100th birthday at his Washington, D.C. home in the company of family and friends.

This memorable event was somewhat more restrained than the 99th birthday party hosted last year at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Md. (a base Strauss's father commanded in the early 1900s and where a young Elliott Strauss caught an early glimpse of the excitement of a naval career).

Nonetheless, the group "paid tribute to Adm. Strauss's naval service, his commitment to his family and his life-long interest in naval history," said Capt. Todd Creekman, NHF executive director.

Birthday wishes came from as far away as the Middle East, where Strauss's grandnephew, a Marine Corps captain, was serving in USS Bataan (LHD 5).

Strauss, the son of an admiral, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1923 and is currently one of the oldest living graduates.

After a 30 year naval career which saw him serving as a key allied staff officer for the Invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944, Strauss continued serving the government in the Agency for International Development and Foreign Service Corps for another eight years.

His service to the NHF started in 1963 as its director, and continues to this day as chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors.

The NHF, collocated and partnered with the Naval Historical Center in the historic Washington Navy Yard, was founded in 1926 under the sponsorship of the Secretary of the Navy to address a concern for the preservation of naval history and traditions.

From its initial focus on safeguarding the material culture of the Navy, the NHF has developed into a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the full range of naval history. In addition to providing much needed support to the Navy's historical programs and its flagship Navy Museum in Washington, D.C., the NHF collects oral histories of Navy veterans, publishes articles, and sponsors symposiums on important naval history topics.

Membership is open to all who share the Foundation's goals. For more information, visit their Web site at www.navyhistory.org.

For related news, visit the Naval Historical Center Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/navhist.

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