FLEENOR, KENNETH RAYMOND RIP 12/10/2010
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. ======================= 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. ========================
Ken Fleenor's obit from the San Antonio papers.
Anne Fleenor passed away on February 19, 2012 following neck surgery complications.