Retired Navy Rear Adm. Joe Warren Stryker, 76, a decorated combat veterian of World War II who later sedrved as director of the Pentagon's Office of Armed Forces Information and Education, died of cancer Monday at Alexandria Hospital.
Adm. Stryker served as navigator and then executive officer of the battleship North Carolina in the Pacific during World War II. He participated in the Solomon and Marshall islands campaigns. The North Carolina served with fast fleet aircraft carrier task forces. Adm. Stryker earned two bronze Star Medals with Combat "V"s during the war.
In the late 1940s, he was a communications officer in Norfolk and New York, a tactics instructor at the Naval War College, and a member of the staff of the Atlantic Fleet's amphibious force.
During the 1950s, he served in the Navy's amphibious warfare office in the Pentagon and then as director of the Defense Department's Office of Armed Forces Information and Education.
After retiring from active duty in 1955, he became executive director of the Structural Clay Products Institute, a trade organization. In early 1960s, he joined a Northern Virginia real estate firm as sales manager. He retired about five years ago.
Adm. Stryker was a native of Everett, Wash., and a graduate of the Culver Military Academy in Indiana. He was a 1925 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Before World War II, he served aboard the battleship West Virginia, on the staff of the battleship West Virginia, on the staff of the old Asiatic Fleet, and with the staff of the submarine force, U.S. Fleet.
In recent years, Adm. Stryker had assisted surviving members of the families of his classmates at Annapolis with pension and other problems with the government.
He was a resident of Alexandria at the time of his death and had lived in Northern Virginia since 1951.
Adm. Stryker's survivors include his wife, Anne of Alexanderia; two sons, Dr. J. D. Stryker of Winchester, Mass., and Navy Lt. Cmdr. D. H. Stryker of Gales Ferry, Conn.; a sister, Gretchen Giacometti of Hawaii, and six grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Carl Vinson Hall Class of '25 Widows Fund, or to the American Cancer Society.