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Raymond Ray Polk Sr.

November 17, 1935 ~ May 2, 2022 (age 86)


CSM (Ret) Raymond R. Polk Sr was born November 08, 1935 in Sherman, Texas. He attended and graduated (1954) from Fred Douglas High School. He joined the United States Army on July 21, 1955. While in the military, CSM (Ret) Raymond Polk completed a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and Master’s degree from Cameron University.

CSM Polk attended airborne school after basic training and upon graduation became a paratrooper in the Elite 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell Kentucky, with other assignments at 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was a Vietnam Veteran with the 23rd Infantry Division and the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Other assignments included US Army Electronics Research and Development Command at Fort Meade, Maryland and the US Information Systems Command at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Awards and decorations include: three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Award, the National Defense Service Ribbon, Medal of Good Conduct, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Master Parachutists Badge, Expert Marksmanship Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Meritorious Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Citation, and Presidential Unit Citation.

CSM Polk held a variety of leadership positions namely, Fire Team Leader and Command Sergeant Major of a major command post at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. In 1987, he was a finalist for the position of Sergeant Major of the United States Army.

He served 35 years and 6 months in the US Army including three tours in Germany, two tours in VietNam and two tours in Korea before retirement at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, August 31, 1990.

Raymond and his bride, Ruby L. Davis Madden wed July 8, 1978, in Lawton, Oklahoma at Union Baptist Church. This union, blended two families, yielded eight children: Ramona Polk Douglas, Raymond Polk Jr., Renee Polk (Mark) Dollard, Ronald (Tonya) Polk, Dr. Anquanita (Madden) Kaigler-Love, LaVonda Madden(Sanford) Hayes, Dr. Sher’ri Madden (Rogers) Turner, LaVetta Madden Jackson. Collectively garnering 25 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great great-grandchildren.

After retiring from the US Army CSM(Ret) Raymond Polk and his bride Ruby L. Polk made their forever home in Lawton, Oklahoma. His service to the community included:

Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools: Board Member
Northside Chamber of Commerce: Chairman of the Board
Junior Leadership: Chairman of the Board
Leadership Lawton: Board member
McMahon Auditorium Authority: Vice Chairman
Salvation Army: Board Member
Armed Services YMCA: Board Member
United Way of Lawton: Board Member
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: President/Life Member

Special Recognition from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Northeast Lawton Lions Club: President/Charter Member
Geronimo Toastmasters Club: President
Red leg Chapter NCOA: Chairman
City of Lawton Personnel Board/City of Lawton Human Rights and Relations: Member

CSM(Ret) Polk was recognized by several civic organizations for his leadership and community involvement, including a very active member of Union Baptist Church.

On May 02, 2022, CSM (Ret) Raymond R. Polk, Sr. transitioned this life and will be interred at Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, OK. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ada Cravens and a great-grandchild Nicholas Polk.

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Funeral Service
May 10, 2022

11:00 AM
Union Baptist Church
1531 Charles Whitlow Ave
Lawton, OK 73501

Please note
Interment will follow at Fort Sill National Cemetery
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