Salute to USS Ray
Specifications for USS Ray SS-271
|Official photograph of the launching. (sideways launch)|
|Sub School New London, Report Card|
|Unidentified Officers and Chief with Battle Flag|
|Cartoon. Crew Muster 6th War patrol SEE NOTE:|
|Painting, Ray Action WWII Battle Scene|
|Signature Block for Ray Action painting|
Note: Due to the fine line details of this excellent crew cartoon, it was necessary to scan at high resolution. The file is very large. (300K plus) It will take a long time to load, but it is certainly worth the wait.
A church in Kyoto, Japan calls its congregation to worship with a bell from a submarine. The bell, from the submarine USS RAY was purchased for the church, and was transported to Yokosuka, Japan by another submarine, the USS RONQUIL.
This information was taken from "Little Know Facts About Submarines" on Judd Spitzers home page. Judd's U S Naval Submarine's.
Battle Flag from USS Ray (SS-271)
provided by Tom Armstrong
|Explanation of symbols on battle flag by ST1(SS) John Jones|
|List of ships sunk with tonnage and location|
|Info from 1949 USNI Book, Submarine Operations of W.W.II|
|Book provided by John Swiney, fmr Cpl USMC|
Photo from Subnet site
Rescued Downed Aviators, a series of articles by QM2(SS) Joe Welsh, SS-271.
Joe's stories here.
Joe Welsh served on USS Ray (SS271) during WWII. On this page, Joe relates stories of the rescue of downed aviators. This information will also be used by the Submarine Lifeguard League Memorial web site at http://www.goiv.com/subleague/
Text of the Email received from MM(SS) Turner
"The Ray PIC should have three crewmen left to right Shirly Turner (me) The one in the middle is a chief motor Mac.... I forgot his name. The one on the left is Clyde Guy from Kingsport Tenn. We got back in Oct. 45 After a series of 30 day leaves we starting operating as a school boat. Now that was real duty, every night and every weekend off, just like having a 9 to 5 job. Sorry the PIC isn't of better quality, it was from a 2x3 snapshot that is 54yrs old."
to see text. (in graphic format)
The text is from THE HISTORY OF A FIGHTING SHIP. It was written by
Rear Admiral William T. Kinsella, U.S..Navy(Retired) in 1983. It is from his
journal as he remembered the events while he was skipper of USS Ray.
to view a Launch Day Postal Cover
For more information about Postal Covers, please visit the USCS page at WWW.USCS.ORG
taken from the 271 boat's battle flag
In 1988, QM2(SS) Karl H. Betz painted the centerpiece from the 271 Ray's
battle flag into the weapons shipping hatch of the SSN 653, USS Ray. "As far as I (Karl)
know, it remained there until decommissioning. I know it was still there in
September of 1989 when I left. Here is a copy of a Polaroid taken when the painting
Photograph and narrative provided by the artist, QM2(SS) Karl H. Betz.
The traditions and memories of the 271 boat carried over to the 653 crew!
Click [HERE] to see a
very well used SSR-271 Zippo Lighter.
Lighter provided by Tom Armstrong.
Be sure to stop by WWW.SubmarineSailor.com
to visit Don Gentry's USS Ray page. Good photographs, good content. Don
was a crewmenber on Ray 653.
Click [HERE] to see the USS Ray SS/SSR-271 page at WWW.SubmarineSailor.com..
More great USS Ray photographs..