Rev. Ray W. Stubbe
Top Professional of the Year 2017
“He was very inspiring without saying a lot of words” Rich Bryant, USMC [ret]
Rev. Stubbe served the United States as a Navy Chaplain for nearly three decades. During his time in the service his assignments included the 3rd Marine Division/3rd Shore Party BN, 1st BN, 26th Marine Regiment, 3rd Recon BN, the USS Shreveport, and a mission during the 1968 Tet Counter-offensive campaign, the Battle of Khe Sanh. By the time he retired from the service in 1984, Rev. Stubbe attained the rank of Lieutenant. The impact of his presence was deeply felt by those who served with him.
In 2001, it was rumored that the story of Rev. Stubbe’s time with the Khe Sanh would be turned into a major motion picture involving Tom Hanks. During the siege of Khe Sanh, a battle lasting 77 days in central Vietnam, the Vietnamese troops outnumbered the American Marines. As such, the Marines were split into groups of five as to spread out the forces and make it harder for the Vietnamese troops to launch an attack. The reduced numbers posed a problem for the Reverend since he could not lead prayer services without grouping the Marines.. To solve the issue, Rev. Stubbe went into the trenches, running through the fighting, to deliver upwards of 30 prayer sessions a day. By his own admission, the services were short. “I’d be very, very, very short.I’d give maybe a two-sentence commentary about how God is with us. I had (Holy) Communion.” After the war, Rev. Stubbe founded the first Khe Sanh veteran’s association and has been fighting for the men who fought to be recognized. Rev. Stubbe co-wrote “Valley of Decision” with John Prados, which is based on his personal daily diary during the siege of Khe Sanh. Currently, Rev. Stubbe resides in Wisconsin.