Information here is still valid.

Here are some pages taken from Don Shelton's old USS RAY website:


(see Nov. 1999 update at end of this page.  Are all your awards listed on your DD-214?)
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Five Navy Unit Citations
Awards and Decorations earned by USS Ray (SSN-653)
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Six Meritorious Unit Commendations

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USS Ray received the Navy Expeditionary Medal in 1970, 1974, (1977-1981 twice), 1988, 1991

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USS Ray participated in ICEX86. Each crew member was presented with The Arctic Service Ribbon.  A second Arctic Service Ribbon was awarded in 1990. A third Arctic Service Ribbon was awarded in 1990.
Info provided by Capt. Jim Adams &  LT(SS) Tom McGreevy

E Battle Efficiency "E" for excellence in Engineering.   (red) Presented to USS Ray in 1982 Information provided by EM2(SS) Thomas Hammill

Most decorated Submarine in Atlantic Fleet at Inactivation!
In May of 1999, former USS Ray crew member LT(SS) Ross Rogers requested replacement medals for his time in the US Navy.  On 2 Nov, 1999, Ross received a letter from BuPers which in part listed "Unit Awards and Campaign Presentation" for USS Ray, SSN-653.  The data was stated to be current as of 27 May 1999.
Here is the info:

A  DD-215 was issued to Ross that amends his DD-214 to add the new awards. Thanks for sharing this research!

From our commissioning Engineer:

What our people should know is that the Ray was completed in the shortest time of any nuclear submarine. I was the first officer to report and Bob Kennedy was soon after. We also set the NNSB&DDC record for the most deficiencies submitted. Clearly the performance after commissioning stands for itself. This was the result of an outstanding engineering department. Reid Smith.