Presidential Unit Citation

Authorized by Executive Order 9050 on February 6, 1942, this is awarded by the Secretary of the Navy in the name of the President, to any ship, aircraft, or naval unit, or any Marine Corps aircraft, detachment, or higher unit for outstanding performance in action against an armed enemy of the United States on or after December 7, 1941. Although created as a combat award, there have been two non-combat awards authorized. To the USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571) for the first cruise of a nuclear submarine, July 22 to August 5, 1958; and to the USS TRITON (SSN-586) for the submerged circumnavigation of the world, February 16 to May 10, 1960.


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                                          The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting
                            the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to

                                                   ROSS STUART MACGREGOR FT2 (SS) USN
                                                                      U.S.S. TRITON (SSR(N)586)

                            for making the first submerged circumnavigation of the world.


                                             "For meritorious achievement from the 16th of February
                                             1960 to the 10th of May 1960. During this period TRITON
                                             circumnavigated the earth submerged, generally following
                                             the route of Magellan’s historic voyage. In addition to
                                             proving the ability of both crew and nuclear submarine to
                                             accomplish a mission which required almost three months
                                             of submergence, TRITON collected much data of scientific
                                             importance. The performance, determination and devotion
                                             to duty of TRITON’s crew were in keeping with the highest
                                             traditions of the naval service."

                                             All members of the crew who made this voyage are authorized
                            to wear the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon with a special clasp in the
                            form of a golden replica of the globe.

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                            THE WHITE HOUSE,

                                           May 10, 1960.


This is a reproduction of the original Citation given to Ross MacGregor. 

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