CARIB 2-72 (September-October 1972)
Photos by Richard Ray

In August 1972, Richard Ray arrived on the HERMITAGE. He was interviewed for Quarter Deck.

What did you do on the HERMITAGE?

I was originally at CT2 but got caught up in the CT conversion when we outperformed ourselves and invented a gadget that would do the work of six communications guys. Those with a year or less on their enlistment were given early outs, the rest of us were “offered” YN, DK, PN and a few other positions afloat. I became a PN2 for my final year. Even though we tended to get along, I think Bobby Maddox was always a bit miffed that I bumped him seniority-wise with my arrival without any preparation for the job. Good man, though. I assume/hope that he gained the rank at my departure in 73.


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HERMITAGE at pier in Baranquilla, Colombia


page37_2 San Juan, Puerto Rico What are you doing now? I’m starting my 11th year teaching intro through Advanced Placement Photography at Mountain View High School in Vancouver, Washington. Previously, I spent 12 years at a small art and history museum in northern California as exhibition preparatory (wall painter/art hanger) and staff photographer. Prior to that, I worked half dozen years with the Bureau of Land Management administering grazing leases (putting my Range Management/Soil Science degrees to work).


page37_3 Marines back on board from Vieques


page37_4 Retrieving Marines What type of camera and what type of film did you use? During the time in northern Germany and on the Herm, I used a workhorse Pentax SPII. Nothing special lens-wise; the 50mm normal, a 135mm and later a 400mm. My transparency film preference was generally Kodachrome (grandfather’s and uncle’s influence), but occasionally some Ektachrome slipped in. I was never much for print films other than to send pix of the kids home to grandparents; almost always shot B/W (Kodak Tri-X, Plus-X or Ilford) otherwise.


page37_5 Cartagena, Colombia


page37_6 San Jose de Bocachica, Cartagena, Colombia Do you want me to post your email address? Any links about yourself or your work? Posting the email address is fine. rdtgray@pacifier.com There will eventually be a link on the school’s web site regarding a long-term photographic project my students and I are working on. It’s just not up yet; I’ll let you know when it happens. page37_7