NORTH, KENNETH WALTER
Name: Kenneth Walter North Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: Korat AB Thailand Date of Birth: 1930 Home City of Record: Chappaqua NY Date of Loss: 01 August 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 215000 North 1044900 East (Yen Bai on Red River) Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: 33 Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0411
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.
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KENNETH W. NORTH Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: August 1, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973
Colonel North is a native of Connecticut. He entered the USAF pilot training program following his graduation from the University of Connecticut in 1953. His first overseas assignment was in Japan where he spent three years. Following a stateside tour of duty he was assigned to Hickam Field in Hawaii. Soon he was in Okinawa, flying F-105 D's. Eight months later he volunteered for duty at KORAT AB in Thailand.
He flew thirty-three combat missions over North Vietnam and was shot down north of Hanoi in August 1966.
"This period started a new life for me when I was to realize how brutal and deceitful man could be and how hard and how often my faith in my country was to be tested. The knowledge that my country was a great country and that communism was a cancer helped me keep that faith. The strong, unshakeable desire to come home with honor allowed me to do just that."
Colonel North plans to remain in the USAF and to stay in the tactical fighter business. He is living with his wife, Carol, and four daughters in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Carol was very active in the POW-MIA effort where she helped to improve conditions for the prisoners after 1969.
To the children of America, Colonel North says, "You have a right to be proud of more than just American fighting men, you can be proud of America. In spite of some of our ills which are too quickly and too frequently pointed out, we are the greatest nation on earth. Be proud and help to build an even greater country."
======================== Kenneth North retired from the United States Air Force as a Brig General. He and his wife Carol reside in Maryland.
I just received word that Bgen Ken North died yesterday.
Date: Tues 9/28
Place: First Congregational Church, Wellfleet, MA
1100 Church Service and graveside service
1300 Fly over Wellfleet family gravesite
1330 Reception Wellfleet Yacht Club
Wellfleet general was Vietnam POW
Air Force Gen. Kenneth Walter North is shown with his wife, Carol, and his mother, Florence, in 1973, shortly after his release from a Vietnam prisoner of war camp. Courtesy of the North family
By Molly A.K. Connors
September 27, 2010