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Ken Meeks
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OBITUARY
Perch Base Member Ken Meeks unexpectedly departed on Eternal Patrol on the evening of Friday, December 6, 2019.
Our condolences to his wife, Soon Young, his daughter, April Meeks, his son, Will, and the rest of the family.
Ken enlisted in 1976 and qualified in submarines in 1980 aboard the USS Seadragon (SSN-584). He also served aboard the USS George Washington (SSBN-598), and the USS Los Angeles (SSN-688), leaving the Navy in 1993 as MMCM(SS).
He was a member of USSVI Perch Base in Arizona since 2015.

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Kenneth Meeks

Ken and Soon Young Meeks at the Perch Base Annual Awards Banquet on January 19, 2019.

Kenneth Meeks

Ken Meeks receiving his Dolphins from CDR Jerry Jordan, Commanding Officer, USS Seadragon (SSN‑584) in 1980.

Ken Meek's qual boat, USS Seadragon (SSN-584)

Ken Meeks' qual boat, USS Seadragon (SSN-584)

Ken's other boats:

USS George Washington (SSBN-598)

USS George Washington (SSBN-598)

USS Los Angeles (SSN-688)

USS Los Angeles (SSN-688)

The funeral chapel service was held at the Heritage Funeral Chapel at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. The service was conducted in Korean by Rev. Wonhyuk Choi, Senior Pastor, New Life Presbyterian Church of AZ, with an interpreter. Family comments followed which impressed us with their statements of how important Perch Base was to Ken.

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Kenneth Meeks Funeral Service

The boat on the left is a model of Ken's qual boat, USS Seadragon (SSN-584) and the right is the USS Los Angeles (SSN-688). In the center is THE CUP.

Kenneth Meeks Funeral Service

Rev. Wonhyuk Choi, Senior Pastor, New Life Presbyterian Church of AZ, with an interpreter.

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The burial service followed at 2:00 PM at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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Kenneth Meeks interment at National Cemetery of AZ

The Honor Guard.

Kenneth Meeks interment at National Cemetery of AZ

The Bugler.

Kenneth Meeks interment at National Cemetery of AZ

The Bugler plays Taps.

Kenneth Meeks interment at National Cemetery of AZ

The Honor Guard presents the flag to Ken's wife Soon Young on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Navy and a grateful nation.

Kenneth Meeks interment at National Cemetery of AZ

Perch Base Life and Holland Club member Don Unser presents a eulogy.

Kenneth Meeks interment at National Cemetery of AZ

Perch Base Commander Warner Howard Doyle presents the USSVI Eternal Patrol certificate.

Kenneth Meeks interment at National Cemetery of AZ

The family places carnations on the coffin prior to interment.

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SAILOR, REST YOUR OAR! YOUR WATCH HAS ENDED.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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