Klenda, Dean Albert, Maj Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115E-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Last Unit
1965-1965, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
Service Years
- 1965
Major

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1940
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Manhattan
Last Address
Manhattan

Casualty Date
Sep 17, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 085

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 Unit Assignments
13th Air Force67th Tactical Fighter SquadronUS AIR FORCEUnited States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
  1965-1965, 13th Air Force
  1965-1965, 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1965-1965, 6234th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1965-1965, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
 Colleges Attended 
Kansas State University
  1959-1963, Kansas State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1965-1965, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Combat and Operations History
  1965-1965 Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War2
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Last Known Activity
"Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 16 August - 23 October 1965
The 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron deployed again to Korat RTAFB Thailand on 16 August. During this deployment the 67th suffered eight aircraft shot down in North Vietnam of which two pilots were rescued and six missing in action (MIA). Four of the six became prisoners of war (POWs) and were repatriated in early 1973 after seven years of captivity; two are unaccounted for and have been declared as killed in action (KIA).

17  Sept 65 F-105D 62-4247, 1Lt Dean A. Klenda (MIA/KIA), Target-barracks 10 miles east of Na San, hit by AAA

1st Lt Klenda had been hit by AAA fire while attacking a barracks complex 10 miles east of Na San, 90 miles west of Hanoi. The aircraft was seen to be hit in the rear fuselage and there was no evidence that he ejected from his aircraft before ground impact."

Source: Vietnam Era Combat Losses, http://67tfs.org/POW-MIA.html

A later and second source indicates 1st Lt Klenda did bail out:

"Sept 17, 1965, Air Force Maj Dean Klenda, an F-105 Thunderchief pilot, was flying a bombing mission over North Vietnam when his plane was hit by enemy fire. Amid the flying debris, another pilot watched as Klenda ejected. The parachute failed to deploy, and Kenda, 25, disappeared."

Source: http://www.jcs-group.com

Despite repeated recovery efforts, Dean Albert Klenda's remains have not been found. He was promoted to Major while missing and eventually declared deceased in May of 1974.
   
Comments/Citation
Note: Dean Albert Klenda's name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial and on the Kansas State Vietnam Memorial. A Memorial stone is in place at Pilsen Cemetery, Pilsen, Marion County, Kansas.

   
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