Y-12 historian Ray Smith was among the recipients at the recent East Tennessee Economic Council annual Muddy Boot Award ceremony.
The Muddy Boot Award was created in the 1970s to honor individuals who have gone above the call of duty — like those who served the nation during the Manhattan Project — to make the community, the state of Tennessee and the nation a better place to live and work. More than 70 people have received the award since that time. A full list of recipients and more information about the award can be found on the ETEC website.
According to an ETEC news release, Smith’s more than four decades of service to Y-12 “provides him a deep understanding and appreciation the heritage of Y-12 and the Oak Ridge community.”
Smith came to Y-12 in 1970 as an electronics technician, but it wasn’t until 2005 that he joined the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs as the complex’s official historian — after demonstrating his indispensable knowledge of the plant during infrastructure reduction, the release said. From tours of select facilities and a newly updated history center, to video productions and countless public appearances, Smith has educated people around the country about Oak Ridge through his passion and dedication to preserving history.
He also has testified in front of congress in support of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park legislation.
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Ray Smith, left, is one of three recipients of this year's Muddy Boot award from the East Tennessee Economic Council.