From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Kenneth Buell '63

Date of birth: August 24, 1939

Date of death: September 17, 1972

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1963 Lucky Bag:



On 17 Sept 72, CDR Verne Donnelly (pilot) and LCDR Kenneth Buell launched from USS America (CVA 66) on a routine combat mission over the vicinity of Hai Duong, North Vietnam. Their aircraft was last sighted about 8 miles west of the city, and it was assumed that they were shot down.

Kenneth was in an A-6 Intruder with Attack Squadron (VA) 35. CDR Donnelly’s remains were recovered in 1990.


From Wall of Faces:

Remembering my father

17 Sep has been 42 years since you departed the USS America strapped into your A-6 Intruder for another night time attack mission over N. Vietnam. What you did was incredibly brave and selfless. Still MIA and hoping for the return of your remains in the near future so we can finally have a funeral for you. You are not forgotten and your memory and service is still alive. With admiration, your loving son Rick. RICK BUELL, CDR, SC, USN, RICHARD.BUELL49@GMAIL.COM, 1/9/15

Ken was my best friend, the one buddy that i could always count on! We shared much, both the good and the not so good that you experiece in adolescence. You are in my thoughts and i await your return home. ROBERT D MOORE, 5/28/03


Hard to believe it's been 30 years since our paths together changed forever. I was only five when I got the news and time has stood still in some ways ever since.

I wanted you to know you have a daughter-in-law named Kimberly, a grandaughter named Alexis and a grandson named Evan who listen to stories about you to keep your memory alive.

I just wanted you to know I was promoted LCDR a couple months ago and I am wearing your collar devices to honor you and all those who served this great nation.

We will never forget you and look forward to closure upon your return to American soil.

Peace and love from your growing family.

Rick, Kim, Alexis and Evan Buell LCDR RICHARD CRAIG BUELL, 9/19/02

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Ken was a graduate of the Naval Academy and he and I served together in VA-35 1970 - 1972. We had a lot of common interests, our kids were about the same age and we became great friends. Ken was an outstanding A-6 Bombardier Navigator and that is why he was flying with Commander Verne Donnelly, Commanding Officer of VA-35 when they were shot down. I will never forget the day I received the news of their loss. Both were good friends and squadron mates. I wear Ken's bracelet to this day and will continue to do so until he comes home. I would give about anything for one more night of liberty with these two. Maybe later!! MICHAEL MUNSON, BIGJULIE6@JUNO.COM, 5/30/01

Class of 1963

Kenneth is one of 29 members of the Class of 1963 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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