CORDIER, KENNETH WILLIAM
Name: Kenneth William Cordier Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 559th TFS Cam Ranh Bay Date of Birth: 16 February 1937 Home City of Record: Canton OH Date of Loss: 02 December 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213000N 1050000E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C, #7608 Missions: 91 (175) Incident No: 0532 Other Personnel in Incident: Mike Lane, Returnee
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 06 September 1996 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. 2016.
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KENNETH W. CORDIER Major - United States Air Force Shot down: December 2, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973
I was born 16 February 1937 in Canton, Ohio. I attended school in Akron, Ohio and graduated from the University of Akron in 1960 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I was commisioned through the ROTC. After pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas, I was stationed at MacDill AFB, Florida, prior to my departure for Southeast Asia. Judy and I were married in June 1959 and we have two children Ann, 12, and Louis, 10.
I left my family in Tampa for a tour at Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam in June 1966. I had had a previous tour at Ubon, Thailand in 1965 and was on my 175th mission when shot down on 2 December 1966. An unusual aspect of my shoot-down was that after I ejected at 24,000 feet from my F-4C when it suffered a direct hit by a SAM. I fell through the fireball of a second SAM fired at my aircraft. Fortunately, I received only minor burns
I was captured almost immediately after reaching the ground and after an all night truck ride to Hanoi, I began my seventy-five month tour as a POW.
Kenneth Cordier retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Barbie reside in Dallas.
In collecting information for another project, Ken noted he was held in heartbreak (Hanoi Hilton), Zoo, Zoo Annex, Hope, Unity (Hanoi Hilton) and Dogpatch "in that order." He has since returned to his possible shootdown sites, (believed to be just E/NE of Yen Bai) but none turned out to be the actual site.
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