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USS Ray (SSN 653) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Ray (SSN 653). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 88 crew members registered for the USS Ray (SSN 653).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1977 | 1978 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Hawes, Ray (Aka) Ray JMM1 SSJan 7, 1965 – Nov 11, 1969MPlank Owner
Jones, StephenST1966 – 1968sonarplankowner
Vituszynski, MichaelPlank owner1966 –Deck division
Banks, ErnieMM1(SS)Mar 1966 – Feb 1969Machinery
Kinney, Robert (Bob)MM1(SS)Mar 1966 – Aug 1972MPlank Owner - Have many fond memories of the boat and my shipmates. Live near Lincolnton, GA (Augusta, GA area)
Schwarz, JeffMM2 SS (NUC)Mar 26, 1966 – Feb 4, 1970MPLANK OWNER
Litten, Gail A.FTCS(SS)Jun 1966 – Oct 1968WeaponsPlaqnk Owner
Block, VirgilRM2SSJul 1967 – Nov 1969Communications
Jump, AdrienMM1SS (NUC)Dec 12, 1967 – Sep 15, 1972Mfirst non-plank owner in engineering department
Hodgson, DickMM2 (SS)1968 – Jun 1971
Foster, Jr., JulianET1 (SS)Aug 17, 1968 – Nov 2, 1972ET Gang - Forward
Shelton, DonET1(SS)1969 –Nav ET
Wayman, Bruce (Racy Bruce)MM1 SSMar 1, 1969 – Jan 9, 1973Engineering
Grunwell, John (Ralph) profile iconSTS1 (SS)Aug 15, 1969 – Sep 30, 1974SonarReported on board just before Change of Command when CDR Hurt took command of the Ray after the Ray's first Northern Operation.
Collins, HarryQM2/SSOct 1969 – Dec 1971OPS/NAV
Blackmon, FrankET2 SSMay 1970 – Jan 1973RC
Sauer, BobEM2Jun 1970 – Apr 1974Nuke ElectricianLiving in Charleston, SC since 1997
Pannell, GeorgeET1SSJun 1, 1970 – May 15, 1973ReactorI enjoyed my shipmates and time on the Ray. We had a harrowing experience during testing after the shipyard overhaul in 1970/71. We were doing crash back test, ended up 45 degrees down angle @ 1000', I woke up quick!
Williamson, LarrySTS1(SS)Nov 1970 – Jun 1977Sonar
Baker, LouisRM1(ss)Mar 12, 1971 – Sep 15, 1976operationsI'm living in Charleston S.C. now, I work for he Hendrick Automotive group.
Breidinger, ChrisMM2(SS)Aug 7, 1971 – Jul 14, 1975MA. A. Jump best darn sea dad I ever had.
Wilger, LenTM2 (SS)1972 – 1975Weapons
Smith, StewartEM2 SS1972 – 1975ESome of the best and smartest people I've ever known were stationed with me on the Ray. I now live in West Columbia, SC. I'm a master electrician. I guess the Navy shaped the rest of my life.
Litts, BobIC3 / ssNov 12, 1972 – Jul 8, 1975IC DivisionWhat a ride!
Francia, TonyETC(SS)/ENSJul 1974 – Jul 1977Presently live in Hot Springs Village, AR.
James Jeffers, JjET2 (SS)Jul 1974 – Jul 1977Forward ET (Navigations)
Jeffers, JimET2 SSJul 1, 1974 – Jul 1977OPS/NAV
Tripp, L. D.MM3Sep 1974 – Jun 1976Aany body know about Packy, Nelly, Beaner, or Nightrain Lane( as named by Tuber)
Frost, JohnMM1(SS)Sep 25, 1974 – Sep 15, 1977M
Rediger, David (Rappin Ralph)ET2Oct 24, 1974 – Nov 29, 1978FWD ETOne of the Crunch Crew
Gordon, Les (Peanut)RM2 (SS)Mar 10, 1975 – Aug 1983Radio Crew
Bauman, A. C. "Skip"ET1(SS)Sep 1975 – 1978NAVTwo Tours, Also 1981-1983
Gordon, Les (Peanut)Rm2(ss)Oct 10, 1975 – Jan 17, 1980Commuications Radioman
McKanna, RodneyET-2(SS)Dec 15, 1975 – Jun 10, 1978OPERATIONSQual Boat, ended up staying in for over twenty years.
Craig, WilliamE5Apr 26, 1976 – Aug 1977Sonar
Collins, HarryQMC/SSJun 1976 – Jul 1978OPS/NAV
Eisenhauer, IkeSK2(SS)Mar 17, 1977 – Jul 29, 1980supplyCrunch Crew
Webster, MichaelMSSN/E-3Mar 18, 1977 – Jan 8, 1978SupplyHad fun on that Med run in 77. Never forget that crunching sound as we hit that chartered mountian.
Johnson, Thonmas (Tree)ET@ (SS)Apr 1977 – Jun 15, 1981Navigation
Marshall, Dave/scubaMM1/SS/DVNov 1977 – Jul 1981M-DivLooking back 30 years, it was the most fulfilling job in my life and have since missed the teamwork.

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