Name: Robert Duane Kent
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O3
Unit: VMFA 314 MAG 13
Date of Birth: 06 December 1940
Home City of Record: DALLAS TX
Date of Loss: 20 December 1968
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 163500 North  1061300 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B #14911
Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Morin, PFOD
Refno: 1344

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.  2023



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Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2023 12:04:59 -0800
From: Denise Obray <>

To the Family of Captain Robert Kent   12-20-68 
I wore Captain Robert Kentís POW/MIA bracelet for many years while in 6th/7th Grade - High School. I have recently come across this page and would like to return the bracelet to his family. I have read about his situation and believe his status is Ďnot foundí, for that I am truly sorry.  As a young and rather naive girl, wearing his bracelet propelled me into learning about the Vietnam War and more importantly having extreme gratitude and appreciation for Captain Robert Kent and the ultimate sacrifice he gave to US and his Country. 
Over the years, I had placed the bracelet in a box along with other memorabilia for safe keeping.  It was not until I was in Washington DC with my 8th grade daughter who was attending a school trip that I found myself standing in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. After 25 years, it took just a moment for me to remember the name Captain Robert Kent and the years I spent wearing his bracelet in hopes of his return. Although I had obviously never known him nor his family, it was a tearful and heartfelt moment as I touched his name and said a prayer for him and his family.  That night I went back to my hotel room in Washington, DC and found a website/wall in which to leave a message.  I left this short story of what had occurred earlier that day in order to share my experience family members, friends or other bracelet wearers of Captain Robert Kent.  It was not until today,  nearly 30 years later that I researched how to return POW/MIA bracelets to their families.  My deepest apologies for the delay. 
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service, Captain Robert Kent and thank you to his family who also gave the ultimate selfless sacrifice. 

Much Love, 

Denise Obray
fb message: Denise Schob Obray, Coeur dAlene, ID





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On December 20, 1968, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 149411) with two crew members took part in a two-aircraft night combat mission against enemy targets in Laos. In the target area, this Phantom's pilot radioed that he was commencing his run over the target. His wingman and the crew of the forward air controller (FAC) aircraft observed the Phantom's ordnance impact the target, followed by a large secondary explosion on the ground nearby. There was no further radio contact with this Phantom. The wingman dropped his own ordnance on the target and attempted to re-establish contact, but was unsuccessful. The Phantom and its two crew members failed to return to base, and were not seen again.

Captain Robert Duane Kent, who entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Texas, served with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, Marine Air Group 13, and was the pilot of this Phantom at the time of its loss. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Captain Kent is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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