MARTIN H. RAY, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Martin Ray, Jr. '34

Date of birth: August 9, 1913

Date of death: June 6, 1942

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Marty was lost when USS Hammann (DD 412) was sunk by a torpedo from the Japanese destroyer I-168 during the Battle of Midway on June 6, 1942. He was the ship's Engineering Officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Martin Hasset Ray, Jr. (NSN: 0-73598), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Engineering Officer aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. HAMMANN (DD-412), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle of Midway on 6 June 1942. After his vessel had been struck by enemy torpedoes, Lieutenant Ray capably and efficiently directed efforts at damage control, supervised evacuation of spaces below decks, and assisted other personnel in leaving the ship. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Action Date: 6-Jun-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Engineer Officer
Division: U.S.S. Hammann (DD-412)

Namesake

USS Martin H. Ray (DE-338) was named in his honor. The ship was laid down 27 October 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Texas; launched 23 December 1943; sponsored by Mrs. M. H. Ray, Jr., widow of Lt. Ray, and commissioned 28 February 1944, Lt. H. V. Tucker, Jr., in command.


Class of 1934

Martin is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 in Memorial Hall.