Kenneth Frank Backus Missing in Action Vietnam May 22, 1967

Kenneth Frank Backus


Unit: 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron 

Date of Birth: 15-Aug-38
Date of Death: 22-May-67
City: Pyrites
State: NY

Notes: Captain Backus was a member of the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On May 22, 1967, he was the weapons systems officer of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4C) on a mission near Nam Dinh, North Vietnam when his aircraft was struck by enemy fire and crashed. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. For more information:

Did you know Kenneth Frank Backus? Did you serve with him? Did you wear his bracelet? Do you have a story of him or photo to share?  If you can answer yes to any of those questions, please leave a comment, so all can know that he has not been forgotten.


Anonymous said...

:) He is not forgotten. I wore his bracelet from 1972 until the end of the war. I prayed for him every night and I still think of him on Memorial Day. I pray that one day his remains may be found and brought home to be buried in his own country. May we never forget the valiant soldiers who gave their life so that we may be free. Remember:

Freedom is not free.


Anonymous said...

I still have his braclet and have had it since 2005. I hope they will find him so he may be brought home.

P. Backus

Anonymous said...

The bracelets were first sold when I was in high school and I bought one. It was Capt. Kenneth Backus's bracelet and I wore it all through high school (72 - 76). Many years later, I was in Washington DC and a school group was selling the bracelets to raise money. I offered to buy one and told the kid selling them to pick one at random and "surprise me". He handed me the same bracelet I already had. I now have two of them with his name and wear them from time to time. I think of his often and hope that his remains may be sent home one day. I am from a Navy family and honor our service men and women. God speed to Capt. Backus, wherever he is, and prayers to his family.

Anonymous said...

I wore Kenneth Backus's bracelet when I was in high school in 1972 - not sure how long I wore it, but don't think I fully understood what had happened to him and the impact it must have had on his family. I recently found the bracelet while I was cleaning out boxes in the attic and decided to "google" his name. So very sad to realize that even after all this time, he remains missing. I pray that his remains (I would assume he has died) can one day be found and returned to the US to offer some sort of closure to his family. The cruelty of war and the loses it brings have become more real with time and age. I pray for peace and understanding for all that knew not only Kenneth Backus, but all of those who have fought for the freedoms we have and often do not appreciate.

Anonymous said...

I have had his bracelet since about 1969-70, according to my Dad, when he got it at an air show, to his best memory from what i was told years ago!I have had the bracelet on and have never taken it off, except during my boot camp days, and will continue to wear it till i die. POW's-MIA's-KIA's are never forgotten in my household. Have had the honor of serving just like other members of my family and i salute all that came before me that served our great country!

Anonymous said...

I got his bracelet in 1973 and have worn it since then. I was raised military and honor our missing, fallen and service people every day. I truelly wish for his family to obtain closure in some way. Knowing this many people have honored him hopefully will bring peace to them.

Anonymous said...

I still have his POW bracelet, and pray everyday that some news will come. I will never forget. I wore that bracelet for years. I pray for his family and please know he will never be forgotten.

Melody Burns said...

I wear his bracelet and am honored to do so. His service to this great nation will never be forgotten.