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 http://www.astronautix.com/p/index.html

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.