Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench

Last week at the 2019 reunion, the membership voted to raise the funds to place a bench at the Cold War Submarine reunion at the 2020 reunion.  We received a lot of donations at the reunion, however, we still need to raise additional funds to bring this home. We are working on adding a new page to the site related to the bench. For those of you who were unable to attend and want to make a donation, there are two options right now:

You can donate any amount in your name or in memory of someone.

Follow this link to paypal  to make a donation. Please follow up to with an email to with your information.

You can mail a check to:

USS James K. Polk Veterans
3704 Forsythe Court
Chesapeake, VA 23321

Make checks payable to: USS James K Polk Veterans Association



There are two kinds of tours: Submarines and Targets

This year you will have the opportunity to participate in two tours.

First on Friday, we have made arrangements to take part in a private tour of the Battleship Wisconsin. The tour will run from 1300 to 1500. Parts of the tour will require the ability to climb and defend steep ladders. There will be a separate experience inside their Ship Experience Access Room ( with a guide/docent for those with mobility issues. There is no cost for the private tour.

Second, there will be two tours of a submarine at Naval Base Norfolk on Saturday at 1300 and 1400 . Each tour is limited to 25 persons and requires the ability to climb and defend vertical ladders. Veterans will receive priority for these tours.

Sign up for the tours will be available at the check-in table.

James K Polk Launches

The following was submitted by Glenn Little ETCS(SS) USN Retired:

JKP fired one A3 and 17 C-3 missiles during her time in service.

  • 6-10-1966 A3 bird as an OT.
  • 6-23-1966 A3 bird as an OT.

All that follow are C3

  • On 1-13-1973 she fired one DASO bird.
  • On 4-18-1975 she fired two birds for FOT-9. This was by the Gold crew when I was on board.
  • On 8-29-1975 she fired two birds for FOT-14, this was by the Blue crew.
  • On 4-24-1978 she fired four birds for OT-33.
  • On 2-19-1979 she fired 4 birds for FOT-36.
  • On 7-23-1983 she fired one DASO bird.
  • On 4-9-1984 she fired two birds for Follow on OP test.
  • On 3-9-1989 she fired one DASO bird.

The source of this information is

Look under Trident or Polaris for all of the launches.

Sub Model Raffle

If you cannot attend the reunion this year, you can still win a museum quality submarine model by purchasing a raffle ticket here! Each ticket has TWO chances to win! The first winner will win a 1:350 scale model that will be customized for the winner (SSBN, SSN, nameplate). The second winner will win a 1:700 model (no customizations, sorry). Purchase 10 tickets and the electronic payment fee is waived!

Sample 1:350 model

Actual 1:700 model that will be claimed by the winner.

Museum Project Update

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico has acquired the Jimmy K sail for incorporation into a display on its museum grounds. This museum is a Congressional chartered Smithsonian Institute affiliate. Through the generous and tireless efforts of the USS James K. Polk Veterans Association, the money necessary to transport and refurbish the sail has been raised, the memorial is now built, and the brick hardscape surrounding the sail has begun to grow.
The brick hardscape consists of two options: standard sized engraved bricks or engraved pavers. The pavers have sold out so only bricks are available. The cost of the bricks is $165.00
Both options 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 cost of the brick is a tax-deductible contribution and the Association pays the PayPal fee. The JKPVA is acting as the primary collection point for these contributions. 100% of the collected funds will be disbursed to the museum for this specific project.
To place an order, click here.
The JKPVA will place an order with the vendor once per quarter. Target dates are June, September, December and March
Please be aggressive in spreading the word to other Jimmy K shipmates and to the submarine community at large. Non-Polk sailors are eligible to have a brick placed at the sail memorial as well.
Together we can be a powerful force in helping to maintain and grow this valuable Cold War memorial.