USS RAY (SS 271)

Keel Laid - July 20, 1942

Launched - February 28, 1943

Commissioned - July 27, 1943

 

USS Ray made eight war patrols and earned seven Battle Stars, the Navy Unit Citation, and the Philippine Republic Presidential Citation Badge. She sank twelve ships for a total of 49,185 tons. On October 14, 1944 Ray made a quick dive to avoid enemy aircraft and the conning tower flooded because the quartermaster failed to close the upper hatch. The submarine was brought under control before reaching 85 feet, but the flooding caused damage. Ray put into Mios Woendi on October 20 for repairs.

In 1951 Ray was converted to a radar picket submarine (SSR) and operated as a training vessel off the east coast and the Caribbean until stricken from Naval Register in 1960.

USS Ray prior to launching