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Ronald Tracey was a 23rd century male Human Starfleet captain, the commanding officer of the Constitution-class Federation starship, the USS Exeter.


In 2268, Captain Tracey led an Exeter landing party to the surface of planet Omega IV where they inadvertently contracted the Omega IV virus, and passed it along to the rest of their crewmates. Tracey remained on the surface while his crew returned to the ship and died painfully in orbit. Tracey had found that the atmosphere provided him immunity to the virus. Driven to insanity due to the loss of his crew and ship, and in violation of the Prime Directive, Tracey struck a bargain with members of the planet's Kohm faction, and participated in their ongoing war against the Yangs.

The USS Enterprise eventually discovered the Exeter and beamed aboard. Captain James T. Kirk along with the rest of the boarding party were immediately exposed to the virus and beamed down to the relative safety of the planet's surface where they discovered Tracey. The Yangs matched Tracey and Kirk in combat to the death and only the intervention of an Enterprise rescue party permitted Kirk to spare Tracey's life and place the once-respected starship captain under arrest. (TOS episode & Star Trek 10 novelization: The Omega Glory)

Tracey was returned to Earth, and was placed into psychiatric care following his violation of the Prime Directive. (TOS video game: 25th Anniversary)

Later that year, Kirk thought of Tracey, among others, when he contemplated leaders who failed their crews despite their good intentions. (TOS - Section 31 novel: Cloak)



USS Exeter personnel
USS Exeter (NCC-1672) AndreoniCarterB. MendezD. NewmanK. RileyR. Tracey UFP emblem image. Assignment patch image.
USS Exeter (NCC-1712) PérezStephanoffStockdaleL.H. Styles
USS Exeter (NCC-26531) L. Ap'BoylanT. AugustineN. BasnerK. ClarkC. CarrollC. DunnA. GarbeckHodgkissK. JutkiewiczK. KahnD. KosaT. LambA. LeeM. MacGibbonA. MacMurrianMankowskiT. ParisE. ShelbyC. TulleyJames VenesG.S. WagnerP. WynatsS. Wynats

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