Ray, Herbert James, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1946-1949, 112X, 12th Naval District
Service Years
1914 - 1949
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Year of Birth
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Home Town
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Last Address
Beale Air Force Base, California

Date of Passing
Dec 03, 1970
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Site: 9586 RH

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US Navy Retired 30

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Last Known Activity
Rear Admiral Herbert James Ray (1 February 1893 – 3 December 1970) was an officer in the United States Navy who served in World War I and World War II. A 1914 graduate of the Naval Academy, he served on the submarines USS H-2 and N-3 during World War I. In March 1942, as Chief of Staff and Aide to the Commandant of the Sixteenth Naval District, Rear Admiral Francis W. Rockwell, he participated in General Douglas MacArthur's escape from the Philippines. In Australia, he served with MacArthur's General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area staff. In September 1943, he became Captain of the battleship USS Maryland, which he commanded in the Battle of Tarawa, Battle of Kwajalein, Battle of Saipan and the Battle of Peleliu. In October 1944, he participated in the Battle of Surigao Strait, in which Maryland joined the other battleships in engaging the Japanese battleships Fuso and Yamashiro and their escorts. Ray left Maryland in December 1944, and was appointed Deputy Director of the Naval Division of the US Control Group Council for Germany. After VE Day, he became the Junior United States Member of the Tripartite Naval Commission in Berlin. He retired from the Navy on 30 June 1949, and received a tombstone promotion to rear admiral due to his combat decorations.

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 Duty Stations
US NavyNaval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)USS Fulton (AS-1)USS Savannah (AS-8)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Argonne (AS-10))Naval War College (Faculty Staff)USS Quincy (CA-39)
Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet  (COMLANTFLT)USS Maryland (BB-46)US European Command (USEUCOM)
  1914-1915, 000X, USS Minnesota (BB-22)
  1914-1915, 000X, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)
  1916-1917, 000X, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1917-1917, 117X, USS Fulton (AS-1)
  1919-1919, 112X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1919-1920, 112X, USS Savannah (AS-8)
  1920-1920, 112X, USS Meyer (DD-279)
  1920-1920, 112X, USS Walker (DD-163)
  1920-1921, 112X, USS Young (DD-312)
  1921-1921, 112X, USS Macdonough (DD-331)
  1921-1923, 112X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1923-1924, 112X, USS Argonne (AS-10))
  1924-1926, 112X, USS Wood (DD-317)
  1926-1926, 112X, USS Farenholt (DD-332)
  1926-1928, 112X, Naval Hydrographic Office
  1928-1930, 112X, Commander, Cruiser Division TWO
  1930-1930, 112X, Commander, Scouting Fleet
  1930-1931, 112X, Commander, Cruiser Division THREE
  1933-1936, 112X, USS New Orleans (CA-32)
  1936-1938, 112X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1938-1939, 112X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1941, 112X, USS Quincy (CA-39)
  1941-1943, 112X, 16th Naval District
  1943-1943, 112X, Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMLANTFLT)
  1943-1944, 112X, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1944-1946, 112X, US European Command (USEUCOM)
  1946-1949, 112X, 12th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of the Philippines
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1910-1914, United States Naval Academy
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