Historic Markers Across Georgia

USS George Bancroft

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Location: near the Main Gate to Kings Bay Submarine Base at the intersection of Charlie Smith Sr Highway and USS Benjamin Franklin Drive on Charlie Smith Sr Highway, Saint Marys, GA
County: Camden
Coordinates: N 30° 46.912    W 081° 34.551
  30.78186666    -81.57585
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


USS George Bancroft
Forty-one for Freedom Cold War Warrior
Peace through Deterrence

USS George Bancroft SSBN- 643
Commissioned 22 January 1966
Decommissioned 21 September 1993

(Associated Sponsor plaque excerpt)
USS George Bancroft SSBN- 643 was a 640-class Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) submarine homeported in Charleston, South Carolina and Kings Bay, Georgia. Built in Groton, Connecticut the boat was launched 20 March 1965 and commissioned 22 January 1966. The boat completed 19 deterrent patrols with the Polaris A-3 missle, 27 deterrent patrols with the Poseidon missile and 13 deterrent patrols with the Trident I missile. The boat was decommissioned 21 September 1993. The crew earned two Meritorious Unit Commendations and four Battle Efficiency "E" awards.
"So Rests A Good Ship"
Erected 2000 by Centennial Celebration of the United States Navy Submarine Force and Sponsors