The Hunt for Red October: Captain Ramius’ Ribbons

OK, I’ve had this done for a while, but I’m only about half-way through acquiring my own ribbons. I thought I’d throw this out there while there was still time for any of you who might be making your own Ramius costumes to find & buy the ribbons.

I started with this old auction photo, which, as far as I can tell is a match to Ramius’ uniform:

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Thank you, auctioneers, for this excellent close-up!

Compared to screencaps & still photos, I think it’s a match:

So, using the power of Wikipedia, I was able to ID most of the medals. There are two that could be couple of different things, or simply poor reproductions.,_decorations,_and_medals_of_the_Soviet_Union

Medals IDed

That’s a 1300 x 900 pixel image, so click to enlarge.

You’ll note some amusing choices there, including the possible Medal for the Development of Virgin Lands. Seems likely for a career navy man from Lithuania, right? But the Medal for the Salvation of the Drowning is a nice touch, if intentional. Additionally, we see an Order of Lenin, which Dr. Petrov’s line seems to suggest Ramius doesn’t have. Or can you get that twice? Note that there are some doubles in there.

Anyway, if anyone is working on one of these: good luck!


Author: Staff Writer

Thirty-something graphic designer trapped in a boring part of Florida.

2 thoughts on “The Hunt for Red October: Captain Ramius’ Ribbons”

  1. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Dr. Irina Spalko mentioned that she had received the Order of Lenin three times. So, yes, it is entirely possible to receive the Order of Lenin more than once.

  2. Nice Work! To answer the question pertaining to the Order of Lenin: You could be awarded this decoration multiple times. “The record for most Orders of Lenin received by a single person is held by Nikolay Patolichev, longtime Minister for Foreign Trade of the USSR, who was awarded 12 times.” (Wiki)

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