HUGHEY, KENNETH RAYMOND Name: Kenneth Raymond Hughey Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 480th TFS Date of Birth: 22 May 1932 Home City of Record: Seal Beach CA Date of Loss: 06 July 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 2143300 North 1060300 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Missions: 106 North Vietnam -- Total 564 Other Personnel in Incident: Melvin Pollack, 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: 730304 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. HUGHEY Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: July 6, 1967 Released: March 4, 1973 Ken Hughey was born 22 May 1932 in Chic, Tennessee, a rural community in the Mississippi River Delta. He attended rural public schools and graduated from Dyersburg High School in Dyersburg, Tennessee in 1949. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the USAF, spent four years in radar maintenance and then attended pilot training and graduated in class 54-B at Williams AFB, Arizona. In December 1953 he married his high school sweetheart, Sue Austin. They have one child, a son, Kent, aged nine. Ken, Sue and Kent currently reside in Seal Beach, California. Ken graduated from the University of Colorado in 1963 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering under the sponsorship of the Air Force Institute of Technology. Ken's jobs in the Air Force have included: F-86D interceptor instructor; flight test maintenance officer; Air Force Systems Command assignments as a project officer for space weapons and project officer for lifting re-entry vehicles; Forward Air Controller (FAC) in South Vietnam and F-4C aircraft commander in Southeast Asia. He flew a total of 564 combat sorties in Southeast Asia including 106 over North Vietnam. He was shot down 40 miles north of Hanoi on 6 July 1967 and was released on 4 March 1973. His next assignment will be to California State University at Long Beach as a graduate student in English literature. This is a preparatory program for duty in University ROTC under Air Force Institute of Technology sponsorship.
Kenneth Hughey retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Sue reside in California.