USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) MemorabiliaUSS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) Memorabilia

USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) Memorabilia

Descriptive Summary

Title: USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) Memorabilia
Creator: Department of the Navy
Dates: 1971-1994
Extent: 3.0 boxes (5.25 linear feet), including 21 photographs
Collection Number: RBRL/271/USS
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687), the thirty-seventh and final Sturgeon class nuclear attack submarine to be built, had its keel laid at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia on October 19, 1971. The ship was christened Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) on January 12, 1974 by Elizabeth Talmadge and Herman Talmadge was the speaker at the launching ceremony. During its eighteen years of service USS Richard B. Russell was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, seven Navy Unit Commendations, and seven Battle Efficiency “E” awards. On June 24, 1994 the ship was decommissioned. This collection includes several flags, one model of the USS Russell, a scrapbook, stickers and patches, and inactivation ceremony programs.

Collection Description

Historical Note

USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687), the thirty-seventh and final Sturgeon class nuclear attack submarine to be built, had its keel laid at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia on October 19, 1971. The ship was christened Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) on January 12, 1974 by Elizabeth Talmadge and Herman Talmadge was the speaker at the launching ceremony. During its eighteen years of service USS Richard B. Russell was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, seven Navy Unit Commendations, and seven Battle Efficiency “E” awards. On June 24, 1994 the ship was decommissioned.

Scope and Content

This collection includes several flags, one model of the USS Richard B. Russell, a scrapbook, stickers and patches, and inactivation ceremony programs.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is divided into papers and artifacts.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) Memorabilia, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2010.


Related Materials

Access Points

Photographs.
Russell, Richard B., (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
Submarines (Ships).
USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687).

Related Collections in this Repository

Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

BoxFolder
11Decommissioned Marked Envelope Commemorating decommissioning of the USS Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) nuclear powered attack submarine. Signed by officers, 1994 June 24
12Small Bumper Stickers
13Large Bumper Stickers
14Two oval embroidered patches of RBR SSN-687 emblem
15USS Richard Russell (SSN-687) Scrapbook [includes program, brochure, photographs]
16Donation letter to library, includes history of USS Richard B. Russell SSN-687, and list of commanding officers, 1994 May 11
17One presidential unit citation and seven Navy Unit commendations, 1978-1993
18Inactivation Ceremony Program, 1993 July 2
Box
2Dolphin Pennants, one blue and silver and one blue and gold pennant. Flown on the Russell to signify that all of the ship’s officers (Gold Dolphins) and all of the enlisted crewmembers (silver dolphins) had completed submarine qualifications
2Union Jack [Jack of the United States] maritime flag, blue flag with 50 silver stars
2Presidential Unit Citation Pennant, triangular blue, yellow, and red striped flag
2Navy Unit Commendation Pennant, triangular blue, yellow, green, and red striped flag with five gold stars. Pennant plus five stars=six awards. Final (7th) award was presented but final star was never added to pennant
Box
3Model of USS Richard B. Russell, includes wooden stand, presented with small plaque from the Decom Crew of the submarine to the Russell Library, 1994 June 24