KENNETH R. HUGHEY is a veteran and ex‐P.O.W. He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17, eventually climbing to become a combat pilot achieving the rank of Colonel. His fighter pilot experience includes 564 combat missions in South East Asia with 106 missions over North Viet Nam.
While leading a flight of F‐4 Phantoms, Ken was shot down by Anti Aircraft Artillery and captured on July 6, 1967, ejecting with his “back-seater” and taken almost immediately to a POW prison. As a prisoner, he was transferred between four prisons over six years, including the Ha Noi Hilton, spending 14 months in a one-man cell; of which five months was in complete isolation. His wife did not even know he was alive for 3 ½ years of his captivity. Ken was not released until March 4, 1973.
Ken’s military decorations include: Two Silver Stars; Legion of Merit; Three Distinguished Flying Crosses; Two Bronze Stars; Thirty Air Medals; and Four Purple Hearts.
After his retirement from the United States Air Force, he worked for 15 years as a Senior Engineer and Project Manager at Hughes Aircraft Company where his main job was to provide logistics and engineering support for launching government satellite programs.
During his tenure at Hughes, Ken began law school. He passed the California Bar Exam before he graduated from law school. He then joined the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office as a Criminal Prosecutor. From 1998 until 2011, Ken prosecuted thousands of criminals, including hundreds involving gang activities.
If you would like to contact Ken, you may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.