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Mr. Ronald E. Ray

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Employment History

  • White House Fellow and Assistant Secretary
    Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Ray Group International LLC
  • President
    Congressional Medal of Honor Society
  • Battalion Commander
    U.S. Army
  • Recipient Captain
    U.S. Army
  • Regional Paleontological Supervisor In the Houston Region
  • Micropaleontologist
  • Commander
    Special Forces
  • Captain

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration
    Department of Veterans Affairs


  • M.A
    University of Oklahoma
  • B.A.
    University of Tampa
36 Total References
Web References
Ray Group International - Leadership, 30 April 2012 [cached]
Ronald E. Ray, CEO
Ronald E. Ray has an outstanding record of achievement in both public and private sectors. From 1959 to 1980 he served in the U.S. Army as a battalion commander at Fort Bragg, NC; as an operations and training officer at the John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance; and as a platoon leader in Vietnam during two combat tours. He is a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration-the Medal of Honor-for his actions in the Vietnam War. He was also awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and a Purple Heart. He also served as U.S. European Command advisor to the armed forces of Norway, Italy and Turkey and was Commander of a Special Forces (Green Beret) Battalion. In addition, he is a past president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. From 1974 to 1975 he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce, and during 1989-1993 he served as Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs. As Assistant Secretary, he was a key executive in the second largest and one of the most complex federal agencies with a workforce of over 260,000 ($33 billion budget, 172 medical centers).
In the summer of 2008, Mr. Dowdle assisted founders Ron Ray and Mike Louden in the formation of the Ray Group.
Partners | SBG Technology Solutions, 30 Nov 2007 [cached]
CEO is Ron Ray ( Ron is a Medal of Honor recipient, former White House Fellow and Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has led numerous US Government programs and conducted extensive International consulting projects.
Ronald Ray > ..., 21 June 2008 [cached]
Ronald Ray
> > Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
1st Lt.Ronald Eric Ray
Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Ronald Eric Ray, US Army
Capt. Ray distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader with Company A. When 1 of his ambush patrols was attacked by an estimated reinforced Viet Cong company, Capt. Ray organized a reaction force and quickly moved through 2 kilometers of mountainous jungle terrain to the contact area.After breaking through the hostile lines to reach the beleaguered patrol, Capt. Ray began directing the reinforcement of the site.When an enemy position pinned down 3 of his men with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire, he silenced the emplacement with a grenade and killed 4 Viet Cong with his rifle fire.As medics were moving a casualty toward a sheltered position, they began receiving intense hostile fire.While directing suppressive fire on the enemy position, Capt. Ray moved close enough to silence the enemy with a grenade.A few moments later Capt. Ray saw an enemy grenade land, unnoticed, near 2 of his men.Without hesitation or regard for his safety he dove between the grenade and the men, thus shielding them from the explosion while receiving wounds in his exposed feet and legs.He immediately sustained additional wounds in his legs from an enemy machinegun, but nevertheless he silenced the emplacement with another grenade.Although suffering great pain from his wounds, Capt. Ray continued to direct his men, providing the outstanding courage and leadership they vitally needed, and prevented their annihilation by successfully leading them from their surrounded position.Only after assuring that his platoon was no longer in immediate danger did he allow himself to be evacuated for medical treatment.By his gallantry at the risk of his life in the highest traditions of the military service, Capt. Ray has reflected great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army .
Ron Ray with his platoon, plus a mortar squad, to cover the northern AO.
Ray determined three likely enemy avenues of approach and set-up LPs to monitor them.He also located a knoll, steep with clear terrain on three sides, and used that as a base of operations.From this Base a patrol walked the AO each morning and checked the various LPs.Lt.Ray normally accompanied this patrol.
A few days prior to June 19, such a patrol discovered a fresh-cut trail near Hill 275, which was one of the areas earlier highlighted as being a likely avenue of approach for the NVA.Hill 275 was at approximately VA 810142 and within three kilometers of Cambodia.The trail was followed and a small NVA patrol was surprised, resulting in one enemy killed and another captured.Both NVA had fresh haircuts, were well fed, and well armed.Coupled with earlier indications of enemy activity, Lt.Ray came to the conclusion that a large NVA movement could be anticipated in the area around Hill 275.The prisoner was sent to the rear and the CO was informed of the lieutenants suspicions.
On the morning of June 19, a patrol was instructed to recon near the Cambodian border and then to link-up with the most northern LP.That LP was established near a stream that crossed a main trail near Hill 275.The link-up was successfully made resulting in approximately ten men at the site.Around early afternoon the LP detected movement in the area.Lt.Ray reported this development to the CO and instructed the LP to be prepared to pull back to Base.Almost immediately the LP came under intense small arms fire.Lt.Ray instructed the LP to blow all claymores, disengage, move back toward the Base, and he would head in their direction.Convinced that a major enemy unit was present, Lt.Ray updated the CO. and asked for additional manpower.He was told that there was no other unit close enough to reinforce in any reasonable time frame and also that consensus was this was a minor probe and not major enemy movement.
The LP then reported receiving withering fire from all sides with the RTO badly wounded.Lt.Ray instructed them to stay put and he would come to them.Due to the need to move fast, Lt.Ray decided to leave the Mortar squad at the Base under SSG William H. Byrd Jr. Forming the remainder of his men under Squad leaders SSG David A. Bynum and Sgt.
Ray moved toward the embattled LP.This decision was driven both by the certain precariousness of the LPs situation and the fact that there were only a few hours of daylight left.
Due to the previous patrols, the area was fairly well known to Lt.Ray.He reasoned they could take the main trail directly to Hill 275, then west to the contact point; or take a straight line approach which was shorter (about 2 Km) but would necessitate his men breaking bush the whole way and thus might actually take longer.Reasoning that the enemy would be expecting reinforcement along the main trail, Lt.Ray opted to go through the heavy terrain.
The men of this rescue team, realizing time was of the essence, sacrificed their bodies while rapidly breaking a human trail toward the beleaguered LP.Upon nearing the surrounded men, Lt.Ray led the way up the slope and told his men to use grenades and numerous small arm bursts in hopes of deceiving the NVA into thinking they were a large force.The ruse was successful as the enemy pulled back from the area of penetration and the rescue patrol was able to close with the LP.A quick assessment by Lt.Ray found the LP intact, with only the RTO hit with a severe head wound.
Shortly thereafter the NVA regrouped and directed heavy fire at the group from two different locations.Lt.Ray directed a squad to envelop and silence one of the enemy positions, but they were quickly pinned down near that position.Fearing their annihilation, Lt.Ray moved on the enemy position and silenced it using his shotgun and hand grenades.Aware of an opening up hill from which no fire was being received, Lt.Ray then instructed the Medic to prepare the RTO for evacuation and called for a Medevac.As the Medic plus two men moved toward the anticipated LZ, they became pinned down by heavy fire.Lt.Ray then realized the NVA were moving to surround his force but still thought they were unaware of the exact size of that force.
Another squad maneuver was attempted to rescue the Medic and RTO, but they too came under heavy fire and were unable to move.In an attempt to cover the withdrawal of the Medic and RTO, Lt.Ray moved past them, again using grenades and his shotgun to silence the NVA while killing several.An enemy grenade was then thrown into the Medics and RTOs position.Lt.Ray shouted a warning to them, but not seeing a reaction, he dove over them and shielded them from the blasttaking considerable shrapnel.Turning toward the enemy position from where the grenade had been launched, Lt.Ray was then hit in both legs by small arms fire but managed, with his last grenade, to also silence this enemy position.
His wounds had now paralyzed his lower body and the Medic managed to help Lt.Ray back to the perimeter.Aware of a lull in the fighting, Lt.Ray ordered SSG Bynum to prepare a withdrawal in the direction from where the rescue patrol had camereasoning that the enemy may not have yet reinforced that sector.Lt.Ray offered to stay behind and cover the withdrawal if needed.At that point Sgt.Burdine stepped forward and volunteered to carry Lt.Ray, those two being the last to leave.The Americans met only minor resistance going back down the slope and eventually reached a suitable LZ about two klicks to the northeast; Sgt.Burdine carried Lt.Ray the entire journey.
Lt. Ray and the RTO, PFC Vincent Moeller, were both evacuated a short time later with Pfc.Moeller dying during the Medevac.Lt.Ray was initially operated on at Pleiku and later was sent back to Womack Army Hospital at Ft. Bragg for further treatment.
Lt. Ray certainly exhibited in spades all the traits needed in a junior officer; leadership, sound judgement while under fire, a mastery of small unit tactics, and lastly; deep, selfless concern for the welfare of his men.
His thoughts on the direction of the main enemy thrust also proved accurate as the remainder of A, 2/35 went back to the general location of Hill 275 the next day and suffered heavy casualties.
AASP: Raphael 'Ray' Guillory, 31 Aug 2003 [cached]
Ray was born in Mamou, Louisiana on October 12, 1931. Those who knew him will remember his ever pleasant demeanor, palynological prowess, reputation as a raconteur of Cajun or 'Coonass' jokes (he used these as endearing terms), long time member of AASP, and as a practicing 'Diptherian."
Ray graduated from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) with a degree in Geology. At LSU he developed a major interest in paleontology. Ray pursued graduate work at Tulane University, until he accepted a position with Stanolind Oil Company (subsequently Pan American and eventually the Amoco Production Company). He served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Airlift. Ray was stationed in Wiesbaden, where he met his future wife Jean Campbell. Jean and Ray were married for 48 years and have two children, Ronald Ray and Becky.
Ray was employed by Amoco for 31 years, first as a micropaleontologist in Amoco's New Orleans office. When industrial palynology was in its infancy he leaped at a chance for retraining as a palynologist at Amoco's Tulsa Research Center. He spent the remainder of his technical career working primarily on the Mesozoic Gulf Coast palynology. Ray was instrumental in developing the zonation for the Lower Cretaceous and Jurassic that was used at Amoco. He was infamous for recognizing an important palynological marker informally known in the Amoco system as Baculatisporites-03, or Bac-03. A photomicrograph of this 'bug' was memorialized on Ray's 1989 retirement plaque from Amoco Paleo. At the end of his career he had achieved the position of Regional Paleontological Supervisor in the Amoco Houston Region.
Besides championing the biostratigraphic and paleoecologic application of palynology and microplaeontology during his lengthy career, everyone under Ray's supervision recognized his admirable managerial skills. He protected his 'troops,' allowed them to do the work needed, access the technical training required to enhance their skills, and did so with an affable managerial demeanor. Jean and Ray considered Amoco paleontologists an extended family, and would frequently host parties at their house.
Ray was widely known for his sense of humor. For those lucky enough to be present at an AASP conference attended by Ray, a highlight of the meeting would be an evening of story telling and jokes in someone's room (the venue usually depended on the room with the best stocked temporary bar).
Vietnam War - Page 3 - TimeLines of Liberty  - [cached]
Captain Ronald E. Ray on June 19th having already displayed great courage dove between a grenade and two men, shielding them from the explosion. He was wounded in his feet and legs and immediately sustained additional wounds an enemy machine gun, then he tossed another grenade to silence the Enemy emplacement.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles C. Rogers , Captain Paul W. Bucha , Captain Ronald E. Ray, Sergeant Allen J. Lynch, Specialist Four Frank A. Herda , Major M. Sando Vargas, Jr. , Captain James N. Livingston , Commander Lieutenant Thomas O. Kelley , Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerrey, Petty Officer Donald E. Ballard, Captain James P. Fleming and Sergeant John L. Levitow.
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