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.
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 Magellans 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 TRITONs 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.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 10, 1960.
This is a reproduction of the original Citation given to Ross MacGregor.
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