THE USSVI CREED
To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States Government.

ROY E. ATOR
Lieutenant
Unites States Navy
Retired
[1950-1973]

ATOR served aboard the USS McGOWAN DD-678, USS SOUTHERLAND DDR-743, USS EVERETT PF-8, USS SAINT PAUL CA-73, USS PHILIPPINE SEA CV-47, USS HANCOCK CVA-19, and the USS MALOY EDE-791 prior to attending the Basic Enlisted Submarine School in 1960. ATOR graduated number five in a class of 208. ATOR completed his enlisted qualification in April 1961 aboard the USS DIODON SS-349 as an FT1. ATOR then went through training on the Fleet Ballistic Missile Fire Control System and was an instructor at the USNGMS prior to making a deterrent patrol as an FTCS(SS) aboard the USS CASIMIR PULASKI SSBN-633B. ATOR having been promoted to Chief Ordnance Control Technician (W-1) was assigned to NOTU, PAFB doing DASO instrumentation on many US & UK FBMs. CWO ATOR was selected for LDO and completed his submarine officer qualifications in November 1970 while serving as the engineer aboard the USS TIRANTE SS-420. ATOR completed his active duty as the instrumentation officer for OTSU-2 aboard the USNS RANGE SENTINEL T-AGM-22 out of Port Canaveral. Following retirement from the USN, ATOR received a B.B.A. degree at Tarleton State University.

 ATOR is a primary member of Cowtown Base and is also a life member of Groton Base and Lockwood Internet Base. ATOR has been a life member of USSVI since early 1997. ATOR is a past volunteer at the Waco VA Medical Center. ATOR has talked to thousands of public school students about our submarine heritage with a group of veterans that conduct patriotic seminars on a volunteer basis. Most recently ATOR was the Veterans Speaker Coordinator for a local intermediate school’s two day, nine session patriotic seminar for approximately 750 5th & 6th graders plus about fifty adults including school faculty, administration personnel and some parents of  the student body. This is the implementation of the USSVI CREED in a very public forum. 4 September 10
 

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