Buell, Kenneth Richard, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1971-1972, VA-35 Black Panthers
Service Years
1958 - 1972
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Louisville, KY
Last Address
Louisville, KY

Casualty Date
Sep 17, 1972
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 073 /

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Domain of the Emperor Penguin Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

Gold Star Cold War Veteran Operation Deep Freeze III Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationIntruder AssociationCold War FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial USS America Carrier Veterans Association
  1963, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1970, Intruder Association [Verified]
  1972, Cold War Fallen [Verified]
  1972, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1972, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, USS America Carrier Veterans Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Countries Deployed To or Visited
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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Flight Officer Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1958, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP)USS Northampton (CLC-1)NAS PensacolaNAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)VW-13VX-6 Ice Pirates/Puckered PenguinsUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
VA-42 Green PawnsNAS Oceana, VAUSS America (CVA-66)VA-35 Black Panthers
  1958-1959, ET-0000, (ET) Electronics Technician A School
  1960-1960, USS Northampton (CLC-1)
  1963-1963, 137X, NAS Pensacola
  1963-1964, NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1964-1964, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)
  1964-1965, 132X, VW-13
  1965-1967, VX-6 Ice Pirates/Puckered Penguins
  1968-1970, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1970-1971, VA-42 Green Pawns
  1970-1972, NAS Oceana, VA
  1971-1972, USS America (CVA-66)
  1971-1972, VA-35 Black Panthers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Purdue UniversityUnited States Naval Academy
  1957-1958, Purdue University
  1959-1963, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Academy Classmates
  Search for his Remains
  Lucky Bag Bio
  Sep 17, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In June, 1972, USS America (CVA 66) rounded Cape Horn and joined the 7th Fleet in Southeast Asia, relieving USS Coral Sea. It suddenly had mechanical problems requiring it to return to Subic Bay, but commenced combat operations at Yankee Station on 9 August 72.

Onboard were various aviation units, including VA-35 - the 'Black Panthers' of attack squadron 35 with their A-6 Intruders. The Grumman A-6 was a 2-man, all weather, carrier-based attack jet. Equipped with a sophisticated navigation and attack system, it could hone in on small objects (bridges, barracks, fuel depots) in all types of weather. 

On 17 Sept 72, CDR Verne Donnelly (pilot) and LCDR Kenneth Buell launched from America on a routine combat mission over the vicinity of Hai Duong, North Vietnam. As their aircraft was about 8 miles west of the city, it was assumed that they were shot down - and both declared Missing in Action.

Neither was acknowledged by the North Vietnamese as captured, and they did not return in the POW release of 1973. On 05 Feb 1991, the U.S. announced that remains returned by the Vietnamese had been positively identified as those of Verne G. Donnelly; after 25 years, he was finally home. As of 31 July 2006, Ken Buell still is missing.
A note from Commander Rick Buell, SC, USN, son of LCDR Ken Buell:

My dad was born in Louisville, KY 24 Aug 1939 as the only child of Louis & Libby Buell of Xenia, OH & later on Yellow Springs Ohio.

He was a Son of the American Revolution & entered naval service enlisting on 12 May 1958 and training at RTC Great Lakes 28 July - 12 Sep 1958.

US Naval Academy Class of 1963 Organization Bio
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