FLEENOR, KENNETH RAYMOND
RIP 12/10/2010

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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
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D
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
spelling errors).
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

Dear Friends,
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
heard.

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.

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Kenneth Fleenor retired from the United States Air Force as a Brig. General.
He and Anne resided in Texas until his death 12/10/2010.

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Ken Fleenor's obit from the San Antonio papers.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?n=kenneth-fleenor&pid=147097998&fhid=7331
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Anne Fleenor passed away on February 19, 2012 following neck surgery complications. 
The church is Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma.  The cemetery is Holy Cross.  It is about 1 mile
north of Loop 1604 on Nacogdoches Road. Rosary Thursday evening, Funeral on Friday.

 

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