Hume, Kenneth Edward, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1965, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
Service Years
1954 - 1965
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cincinnati, OH
Last Address
Cincinnati, OH

Casualty Date
Mar 29, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 098 / Section: MG Grave: 72 (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
VA-55USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)VF-154 Black KnightsUSS Coral Sea (CV-43)
  1955-1957, 131X, VA-55
  1957-1957, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
  1964-1965, 131X, VF-154 Black Knights
  1964-1965, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1968 Operation Rolling Thunder
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1950-1954, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 04, 1954, Commission Date
  Jun 01, 1958, Promoted to Lieutenant
  May 01, 1964, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jan 31, 2016, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
LCDR Kenneth E. Hume of VF-154, flying F-8D BuNo 148668, was hit while making a ZUNI rocket attack against a AAA site. Although a small fire was visible, Hume decided to try to get to Danang, but within minutes his F-8 suddenly went into a dive and was lost at sea. Although his escort saw the canopy separate before water impact Hume did not eject. His remains were not recoverable.

Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross 
Years Awarded
Details behind Awards:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Edward Hume, United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR (VF-154), in the Republic of Vietnam on 29 March 1965. As an aircraft Section Leader, Lieutenant Commander Hume led his unit in a rocket attack against an enemy military installation of prime importance. The unit made a diving attack in the face of heavy hostile ground fire, scoring direct hits and inflicting severe damage to the objective. After completing his attack, Lieutenant Commander Hume reported a fire in the after section of his aircraft and attempted to save the plane by flying at reduced power to his carrier base. However, control was subsequently lost and his aircraft crashed into the sea.
General Orders: All Hands (January 1966)
Action Date: March 29, 1965
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Squadron: Fighter Squadron 154 (VF-154)
Ship: USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
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