Name: Kenneth Allen Berube
Rank/Branch: United States Marine Corps/O2
Unit: VMA 211 MAG 12
Date of Birth: 30 October 1943
Home City of Record: MONSON MA
Date of Loss: 11 August 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates:  153316 North  1081514 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E #151088
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0790

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 and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.   2020

REMARKS: Died near Chu Lai when aircraft crashed and burned.


No further information available at this time.


Subject: Submission
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 17:58:11 +0000
From: William M. Killian 


On August 11, 1967, 1 LT Kenneth A. Berube was the flight leader of two A-4E’s (#151088) launched from Chu Lai Air Base
 in support of South Vietnamese army personnel in heavy contact with Viet Cong insurgents. Because the enemy were in
such close proximity, it was necessary for 1LT Berube to make a non-firing pass over the target area to verify its location.
The Forward Air Controller (FAC) gave a detailed description of the target. Berube made a pass at approximately 1000’.
As he made his run, Berube was heard to transmit, “I should be over the target right now…”, then broke off with a sharp
cry or groan of pain or anguish as though he had suffered an injury of some type. His aircraft was observed to make a
recovery attempt, then rolled inverted and crashed within 400 meters of the target. There was no more radio contact with
Berube. His wingman, MAJ Donald J. McCarthy, made several passes over the crash site and no sign of life was detected.
MAJ McCarthy radioed the FAC pilot and questioned whether he had seen a parachute or egress attempt, the FAC replying
none was observed. Search operations were initiated by ARVN forces, however, they did not bring back conclusive proof of
Berube’s status. Aircraft from Berube’s squadron made passes over the crash site for several subsequent days following
the incident. No panels, parachutes, flares, markers, or smoke signals were seen, nor were any beeper signals ever heard.
Berube was placed in the status of Dead, Remains not Recovered. [Taken from from JTF-FA report]




William M. Killian

Social Studies Department

Pioneer Valley High School





First Lieutenant Kenneth Allen Berube entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Massachusetts and was a member of Marine Attack Squadron 211, Marine Air Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. On August 11, 1967, he piloted an A-4E Skyhawk (bureau number 151088) that took off from Chu Lai Air Base, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam on a two-plane close air support mission for Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) troops. During his pass over the target area, 1st Lt Berube transmitted, "I should be over the target right now," but then broke off with a sharp cry as though he had been wounded. His aircraft was witnessed crashing near Hiep Duc, with no ejection observed. First Lieutenant Berube was not recovered after the crash and remains unaccounted for. Today, First Lieutenant Berube is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  

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