Simonet, Kenneth Adrian, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1978-1981, 601st Tactical Control Wing
Service Years
1942 - 1981
Colonel

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York City
Last Address
Marietta, Georgia

Date of Passing
Apr 22, 2014
 
Location of Interment
Arlington Cemetery - Sandy Springs, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired 3


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1973, Nam-POWS
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On Jan 18, 1968 he was credited with shooting down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 but unfortunately, he himself was shot down on the same mission and became a POW. After 1,883 days in captivity, he was released Mar 14, 1973.

Sources:
http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=148
   
Other Comments:
His Silver Star citations:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major Kenneth Adrian Simonet (AFSN: 16242501), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-4D Commander of the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action over North Vietnam on 18 January 1968. On that date, Major Simonet delivered his ordnance on an important strategic target in the face of intense anti-aircraft artillery fire, tracking surface-to-air missiles, and attacking hostile aircraft. With exceptional boldness and courage, Major Simonet then engaged the hostile aircraft in close air to air combat. As a direct result of Major Simonet's efforts, his target was heavily damaged, and one hostile aircraft was shot down. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Simonet has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: 18-Jan-68
Service: Air Force
Rank: Major
Company: 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Division: Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Colonel Kenneth Adrian Simonet (AFSN: 16242501), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during January 1968, while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. Colonel Simonet resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: Jan-68
Service: Air Force
Rank: Colonel
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

   
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 Unit Assignments
US Marine Corps (USMC)US Army (USA)School AssignmentsUS Air Force
8th Fighter-Bomber SquadronAFROTC Det 765 The Citadel 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron2nd Air Division
4th Tactical Fighter Squadron435th Tactical Fighter SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
Air Base Units601st Tactical Control Wing
  1942-1946, US Marine Corps (USMC)
  1946-1948, US Army (USA)
  1948-1952, US Army (USA)
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 770, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1954-1957, 1021A, Bryan Air Force Base
  1957-1958, 8th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1958-1962, AFROTC Det 765 The Citadel
  1962-1964, 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1962-1964, 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1964-1965, 2nd Air Division
  1965-1967, 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1968, 1115A, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1975, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  1975-1978, 2853rd Air Base Group
  1978-1981, 601st Tactical Control Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1964-1965 Vietnam War
  1967-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyFlorida Atlantic University
  1948-1952, United States Military Academy
  1973-1975, Florida Atlantic University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-84 Thunderjet  F-100 Super Sabre  F-4 Phantom  OV-10 Bronco  
CH-53 Sikorsky Helicopter  
  1957-1957, F-84 Thunderjet
  1957-1958, F-100 Super Sabre
  1962-1964, F-84 Thunderjet
  1965-1968, F-4 Phantom
  1978-1981, OV-10 Bronco
  1978-1981, CH-53 Sikorsky Helicopter
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