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Capt Kenneth Roy "Ken" Crist
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Birth: Aug. 25, 1944
Thomas County
Kansas, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 1968
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

In loving memory of... Capt. Kenneth Roy Crist.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 24
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Aug 25, 1944
Graduation - 1966
KIA Date - 12/17/1968
Squadron - CS 02
High School - McDonald Rural HS, McDonald, KS
High School Activities - Valedictorian, football,track, basketball, 4-H, class officer, FFA
Academy Experiences - Shy diving & ski clubs, Squadron Executive Oficer
Academic Degree Major - BS-Mathematics-USAFA

Active Duty Assignments - Pilot Training, Pilot F-4D
KIA Conflict - Vietnam
Combat Information - F-4D, 390th Tac Ftr Sq. 366 Tac Ftr Wg, Danang AB, RVN
Killed In Action Mission - F-4D rolled right and crashed on landing at Danang. Christ ejected as the aircraft struck the ground but died of injuries several days later
Burial Site - USAF Academy, 12/24/1968
Notable Decoration Awards - 1 SS, 3 DFCs, 1 BSM, 2 MSMs, 9 AMs, 2 JSCMs, 3AFCMs, 1 Airmen's Medal, 1 PH
Marital Status: Married - Leslie J. (your lifes partner, in Enid and married in Enid. I think, your wife was a nurse) Son, Kevin M. Crist. Parents: Father, Roy D. Crist and Mother Leona W. Crist.

***** The Photo is Capt. Kenneth R. Crist, whose name is on the "Wall". Member of US Airforce. Born Aug 25, 1944. Died Dec. 17, 1968, from injuries received on a combat mission over Vietnam. Received several medals for combat including the silver star.
Completed 115 combat missions. Graduated from US Air Force Academy in 1966.
Kenneth Crist was my only son.
Roy Crist
He is my son

***** Bob Ritter - Squadron Member, during Jet training
Aiken, SC., From A Dear Friend!
Ken: We attended flight school together, at Vance, AFB., in Enid, Oklahoma, in class 68A. You were quite, intelligent, and deeply respected, by your fellow, officers and pilots. I was flying as a FAC., in the 20th, TASS., out, of Da Nang, when your F-4, crashed at Da Nang. I was deeply affected, to learn you had suffered, so much and died, of burns, before you could be flown to Japan and I wish I could have taken away your pain and suffering. May God bless, your family. I will never forget you as a dear friend. Bob Ritter, Capt, USAF., VIETNAM, 1968-1969, Da Nang, AB., Vietnam.

CAPT - 3 - Air Force - Regular
Length of service 2 years
Casualty was on Dec 17, 1968
Non-Hostile, died of illness/injury, FIXED WING - PILOT
Body was recovered
Service: United States Air Force
Grade at loss: O2
Rank: Captain
Note: Posthumous Promotion as indicated
ID No: 3194990
MOS: 1115: Pilot
Length Service: 02

Start Tour:
Incident Date: 11/28/1968
Casualty Date: 12/17/1968
Age at Loss: 24 (based on date declared dead)
Location: Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness or injury
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Crew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land
Panel 36W - Line 34

CRIST, Kenneth R. - Class of 1966
- died on 17 December 1968 as result of an F-4D aircraft crash on 28 November 1968 in which he was the copilot
- the plane crashed and exploded while landing at Da Nang AB, South Vietnam after returning from an operational mission
- plane was running on minimum fuel and kept turning right during landing, leaving the runway 1170 feet from the end, although the direct cause of the crash is unknown
- ejected and sustained burns on 61% of his body and died from his injuries a month later
- member of the 390th TFS at the time
- as a cadet, served as a Flight Commander and a Squadron Executive Officer and made the Superintendent, Dean, and Commandant's Merit Lists
- had flown 115 combat missions between 6 June 1968 and 26 November 1968
- remembered for his sense of humor and sense of purpose
- earned 1 SS, 3 DFC, 1 BSM, 2 MSM, 19 AM, 2 JSCM, 3 AFCM, 1 Airmen's Medal

Buried at the USAFA Cemetery and his name is on the USAFA War Memorial
Bullets compiled by Heather Beer, Association of Graduates intern, Summer 2005.

He died from his injuries on 17 December 1968. He was posthumously promoted to Captain.


Family links: 
  Roy Doubt Crist (1914 - 2009)
  Leona W. Crist (1915 - 1985)
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Plot: 003 B 035
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Originally Created by: HEE
Record added: Jan 24, 2007
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