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Raymond C. Smith
Raymond C. Smith Jr 1992.jpg
Rear Admiral Raymond C. Smith, 1992
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1967-2001
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE
Naval Special Warfare Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Gulf War
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with Combat V Device

Raymond C. Smith is a retired United States Navy Rear Admiral who commanded the Naval Special Warfare Command from 1992 to 1996.

Military careerEdit

Smith enlisted in the US Navy in 1962. He was later selected to attend Naval Academy Prep School and subsequently received an appointment to attend the Naval Academy. Smith graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and subsequently served on USS Floyd B. Parks till 1969. Smith then reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea, Air, Land (BUD/S) training at Coronado, California and graduated with class 54 in March 1970. Winter's first assignment was to Underwater Demolition Team 12 and served a combat deployment to Vietnam. He later went on to receive a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1974. Smith was assigned as director of SEAL training from 1981 to 1983, then served as executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage. Smith then served as commanding officer of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE from 1985 to 1987.[1] As a Navy Captain, Smith assumed command of Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG 1) in August 1989. During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm he led all SEAL, Special Boat personnel during completion of hundreds of special operations missions.[2] Smith relinquished command of NSWG 1 in 1991. Between 1992 and 1996 Smith served as the commanding officer of the Naval Special Warfare Command. His final assignment was deputy commanding officer of United States Special Operations Command.[3] He retired from active duty in 2001 after 34 years of service.

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Awards and decorationsEdit

U.S. military decorations
Defense Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit with four 5/16 inch stars
Transparent square.svg
Bronze Star ribbon.svg
Bronze Star with Combat "V"
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Transparent square.svg
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and three 5/16 inch stars
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Gold star
Combat Action Ribbon.svg
Combat Action Ribbon with gold award star
U.S. Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation
U.S. Service (Campaign) Medals and Service and Training Ribbons
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with two service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg
Vietnam Service Medal (with four bronze campaign stars)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal ribbon (1991–2016).svg
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two bronze campaign stars)
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon
Civil Action Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon, with 60- clasp Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
U.S. Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.svg Navy Pistol Marksmanship Badge
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
US Navy SEALs insignia SEAL Trident
United States Special Operations Command Insignia United States Special Operations Command Badge


  1. "USSOCOM Honors Navy SEALs". United States Navy. 
  2. "LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Rear Admiral Ray Smith, USN (Ret.)". U.S. Naval Academy. 
  3. "USSOCOM Honors Navy SEALs". United States Navy. 

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