During the Jimmy K.'s illustrious
33 year career she was home to many submariners. Her missions were
diverse and ever-changing over her many years of service. Her young
crews, from the first sea trials to her final cruise, continually
brought merit upon the ship, the fleet, and the nation they served.
Named after the 11th President of
The United States the USS James K. Polk was commissioned as SSBN
645 on April 16, 1966 as one of the 41 for Freedom
boomers. She finished her long and colorful career as a SPECOPS boat
having undergone a conversion and recommissioning as SSN 645 in the
early 1990s. She was as the next to the last of the original 41
for Freedom boomers to be removed from service. You can read
more of her service in the Ship's History
The USS James K. Polk Veterans
Association is a chartered and incorporated non-profit 501(c) (19)
organization organized exclusively and specifically for the pleasure,
recreation, and fellowship of the men who served aboard the United
States submarine USS James K. Polk (SSBN/SSN 645) and their families.
Important All Hands Notice
USS James K. Polk SSBN/SSN 645 Museum Project
|The National Museum of Nuclear Science
and History in New Mexico has acquired the Jimmy K sail for
incorporation into a display on its museum grounds. The
museum, a congressionally charted Smithsonian Institute
affiliate, has asked the help of the USS James K. Polk
Veterans Association in raising the money necessary to
transport and refurbish the sail and develop this memorial.
We have agreed.
To this end we have
begun collecting tax-deductible contributions for the
project. We are acting as the primary collection point for
these contributions. 100% of the collected funds will be
disbursed to the museum for this specific project.
The primary fund raising will be thru the
sale of engraved bricks at $150 per unit. These bricks can
be engraved with your name & dates of service, purchased as
a gift for a favored shipmate, engraved as a memorial to a
shipmate on eternal patrol or just about any other thing you
want. The bricks will be used to outline the
We are asking not only for your support
and contributions but for your activism as well. Please give
generously but also be aggressive in spreading the word to
other Jimmy K shipmates and to the submarine community at
large. Together we can be a powerful force in helping to get
this valuable Cold War memorial erected.
On behalf of your command team who has
been working for the past year to put this program together,
I thank you in advance for your kind and generous
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