From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Kenneth Hume '54

Date of birth: July 22, 1931

Date of death: March 29, 1965

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1954 Lucky Bag:


Ken was lost when his F8U Crusader crashed into the sea following damage sustained during a raid in North Vietnam on March 29, 1965. He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.


From Wall of Faces:

Ken was a mentor and friend. He led by example, mostly with a cigar in his mouth and a warm sense of humor. He was a superb airplane driver and a great golf companion. I still think of him often. ERROL REILLY, 6/10/00

On March 29th 1965, I was born on the day we lost LCDR Kenneth Hume during an attack on North Vietnamese forces. Tomorrow, March 29th 2018 - Vietnam War Veterans Day, in honor of LCDR Hume's service and memory, I will visit his memorial marker at Arlington and Panel 1E of the the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Bill Coffin, USMA '88

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

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
Company: Fighter Squadron 154 (VF-154)

Class of 1954

Kenneth is one of 37 members of the Class of 1954 on Virtual Memorial Hall.