Sept. 25, 2017
Son of MIA recounts search for answers during DSCC’s annual observance
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
Rick Buell was in kindergarten when his father went missing Sept. 17, 1972. An experienced naval aviator and married father of two, 33-year-old U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth “Ken” Buell, was several months into his Vietnam tour as a bombardier navigator flying above North Vietnamese territory. Years later, search teams discovered aircraft wreckage and the remains of U.S. Navy Cmdr. Verne Donnelly – its pilot and only other occupant – but Ken Buell was never found.