Today in History – October 17, 1968 – 1Lt Mark Constant Chenis KIA at takeoff

17 October 1968 – 1Lt Mark Constant Chenis was born in Fairfield, CT on November 10, 1944. In October of 1968,  he was serving with the 7th Air Force, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Phan Rang AB, Vietnam.

On 17 October 1968 Chenis was flying F-100 #553661 when he attempted to abort his takeoff. The airplane overran the runway and crashed. Mark was KIA.

He is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC, with his name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 41w, Line 68, and is buried at the Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, CT.

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