Cameron, Kenneth Robbins, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 131X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1950 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Tailhook
Captain
Captain

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Berkeley
Last Address
Berkeley

Casualty Date
May 18, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E 022

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea

 
 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.USS Boxer (CVA-21)VF-151 Black Knights
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)VA-76 SpiritsUSS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)CTF 77
COMSEVENTHFLTCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1950-1950, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1950-1951, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1951-1952, 131X, USS Boxer (CVA-21)
  1951-1954, 131X, VF-151 Black Knights
  1964-1965, 131X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1967-1967, 131X, VA-76 Spirits
  1967-1967, 131X, USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)
  1967-1967, 131X, CTF 77
  1967-1967, 131X, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1967-1967, 131X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Colleges Attended 
Naval War College
  1964-1965, Naval War College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


Ken Cameron was born on August 9, 1928, in Berkeley, California. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy on January 5, 1950, and completed pilot training in 1951. During the Korean War, Cameron flew combat missions with Fighter Squadron 151 off the aircraft carrier USS Boxer. He entered the U.S. Naval Reserve on October 30, 1954, and returned to active duty on March 13, 1956. Between the wars, Cameron served with numerous fighter and attack squadrons in California, Washington, D.C., and Alabama. He attended U.S. Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, before joining the Replacement Air Group at NAS Lemoore, California, in early 1967. CDR Cameron began flying combat missions with Attack Squadron 76 off the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) in March 1967, and he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on May 15, 1967. After spending 1,236 days at the hands of the North Vietnamese, Capt Cameron died in captivity on October 4, 1970. His remains were returned to the United States on March 6, 1974.

   
Comments/Citation

Navy Cross Citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 18 May 1967 to 4 October 1970. Under constant pressure from the North Vietnamese in their attempt to gain military information and propaganda material, he experienced severe torture with ropes and by beatings and was kept in solitary confinement. As they persisted in their hostile treatment of him, he continued to resist by feigning sickness and refusing to eat anything but a bare minimum of food. Through those means he was successful in his attempt to keep himself unacceptable in appearance to the North Vietnamese, thus discouraging them from forcing him to meet visiting antiwar delegations for propaganda purposes. He gallantly evaded exploitation by the North Vietnamese throughout his lengthy confinement. By his exceptional courage, determination, and resourcefulness in a most difficult line of resistance, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.


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