FLEENOR, KENNETH RAYMOND
Name: Kenneth Raymond Fleenor
Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force/pilot
Unit: 497th TFS
Date of Birth: 02 October 1929
Home City of Record: Bowling Green KY
Date of Loss: 17 December 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 211700 North 1051500 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Missions: Vietnam 87 Total 108
Other Personnel in Incident: Terry Lee Boyer, returnee
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews.
REMARKS:730314 RELEASED BY DRV
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and
UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
KENNETH R. FLEENOR
Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: December 17, 1967
Released: March 14, 1973
It's so very good to be home again and I want to thank you all for your
homecoming messages, prayers, and good wishes. It has been wonderful reading
your letters and feeling your concern for me. I can never thank you enough.
My wife began answering the "Bracelet letters" many months ago until so many
arrived that she couldn't keep up. She then wrote a form letter and sent it
to many of you. To those of you who've already heard from Anne, bear with me
while I repeat some facts about me for the benefit of those who haven't yet
I was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky on October 2, 1929, graduated from
Western Kentucky University in 1952, and entered the Air Force immediately
after. Anne and I were married in June 1951 and have five children. Kathy is
20 and a student nurse in her junior year at the University of Virginia She
will graduate with a B.S. in nursing in June of 1974. John is 19 and a
sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University - majoring in pre-dental.
Patti is 15 and a sophomore at Hampton High School and Kerry and Kay are in
the 8th and 9th grades at Eaton Jr. High. Kay is a cheerleader and vice
president of the student council.
I was stationed at Ubon Air Base in Thailand flying F4D's when I was shot
down northwest of Hanoi. I was listed as "missing" and my family had no
information about me until March 1970 when Hanoi released a list with my
name as a POW.
I'm 6'3", weigh 170 lbs. now, but my normal weight is about 185 and I hope
to gain it back soon. I love water sports, especially water skiing, but my
favorite hobby is golf.
Again, I can't possibly tell you how much I appreciate your wonderful
letters. Please keep the bracelets. I see nothing but a bright future. With
America populated with wonderful people like you it could not possibly be
any other way. As we approach our great bicentennial year of 1976 I hope, I
pray, and I believe that our great nation is approaching a new pinnacle, a
sense of new and greater unity than ever before, and a greater understanding
of our people and other peoples of the world.
God bless you all.
Kenneth Fleenor retired from the United States Air Force as a Brig. General.
He and Anne reside in Texas.
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