Name: Robert Duane "Bob" Kent 
Rank/Branch: Captain/US Marine Corps 

Unit: VMFA-314; Marine Air Group-13; 
1st Marine Air Wing -"The Black Knights" 

Date of Birth: 06 December 1940 (Marshall, TX) 

Home of Record: Dallas, TX 

Date of Loss: 20 December 1968 

Country of Loss: Laos 

Loss Coordinates: 163500N 1061300E (XD300341) 
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Status in 1973: Missing In Action 


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F-4B s/n 149411, modex 12/VW
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Other Personnel in Incident:
Richard G. Morin (missing) 




The McDonnell F4 Phantom used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings served a multitude of functions including fighter/bomber, 
interceptor, photo/electronic surveillance, and reconnaissance. 
The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2) and had a long range, 
900 - 2300 miles depending on stores and mission type. 
The F4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well 
at low and high altitudes. It was selected for a number of state-of-the-art electronics conversions, which improved radar intercept and 
computer bombing capabilities enormously. 
Most pilots considered it 
one of the "hottest" planes around. 

On 20 December 1968 
Capt. Robert D. Kent, pilot, and 1st Lt. Richard G. Morin, 
bombardier/navigator, comprised the crew of an 
F-4B s/n 149411, modex 12/VW that departed their base on a 
night bombing mission to interdict enemy movement through
 the jungle covered mountains approximately 11 miles southwest 
of Muang Xepon, 7 miles northeast of Muang Phin and 
25 miles west of the Lao/South Vietnamese border, 
Savannakhet Province, Laos. 

This area of Laos was considered a major artery of the infamous 
Ho Chi Minh Trail. When North Vietnam began to 
increase its military strength in South Vietnam, 
NVA and Viet Cong troops again intruded on 
neutral Laos for sanctuary, as the Viet Minh had done during 
the war with the French some years before. 

This border road was used by the Communists to transport weapons, 
supplies and troops from North Vietnam into South Vietnam, 
and was frequently no more than a path cut through the jungle covered mountains. US forces used all assets available to them to stop this 
flow of men and supplies from moving south into the war zone. 

At 0340 hours, while conducting its bombing mission, 
the F-4B s/n 149411, modex 12/VW disappeared without a trace. 
Search and rescue (SAR) efforts were initiated at first light, 
but heard no emergency radio beepers, saw no parachutes 
and found no trace of the aircraft or its crew. 
Both Bob Kent and Richard Morin were listed Missing in Action. 
Compiled from one or more of the following: 
Raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, 
Correspondence with POW/MIA families, 
Published Sources, Interviews. 
Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.

10 September 05

On July 24, 1974 the United States Govt. 
had declared Captain Robert D Kent status as 
Hostile, died while missing
Body was not recovered 

11 November 04

Recent photograph added that is a photo of a 
F-4B s/n 149411, modex 12/VW, 
that is believed to be the bird that was lost 
over Laos, Coordinates 163500N 1061300E (XD300341) 
with Capt. Kent and Lt. Morin.
( photo submitted by R. Jackson )

10 November 03

Through a recent guest book entry, 
it appears as though a visitor 
to this web site had met and spoken with 
Captain Kent couple of days prior 
to Captain Kent's last mission in which he became 
listed as Pow-Mia. 
I have included the entry in this update. 

" Don't know why I stopped on this page, on this day, but..... 
In DEC. 1968, I was stationed in CHU LAI with the 
176th AHC flying Army C-model gun ships. 
We had a small "O" Club, and on this particular night 
we had a USO show. 

Some of the Marine pilots from "MAG" 13 came by to see the show. 
I struck up a conversation with this Marine Captain, just small talk. 
After the show, we had a drink in the bar, and as he was leaving, 
he invited me to stop by "MAG" 13 and he would give me a tour of the 
F-4's. He also said that Sunday nights was "Steak Night", 
and for me to come by and have one. I remember that it was almost 
Christmas, and I stopped by the "MAG" 13 ramp. 

I don't remember this Captains name as it's been 35 years, 
but I am pretty sure it was Kent. When I asked where I could find him, 
I was told that he was MIA and presumed dead as a result of flying a night mission as few days before. Not wanting to dig too much, 
I asked what they knew about the mission. 

They said that the F-4 was on a target run in Laos, 
and that they thought the pilot might have had target fixation 
on this night mission and that he had flown the F-4 into the ground. 
I remember this Captain as being a nice, friendly guy who made 
my moment in Viet Nam that day we met as feeling like 
I had met a friend from "Home."
(submitted by Mr. Rick Mclean)

24 July 1992 

After the war ended, family members of the crew of the missing F4B fighter/bomber who questioned the Marine Corps about the 
fate of their missing loved ones were told that 
"the aircraft probably exploded in mid-air 
and there would be nothing to find." 

There was no additional information about the fate of Bob Kent 
and Richard Morin until 24 July 1992 when Capt. Kent's cousin 
reviewed his casualty file during an annual meeting of family members in Washington, DC. When she opened the cover of his records, she found 
Bob Kent's military ID card, his Geneva Convention card 
and his drivers license inside a 3"x4" manila photo envelope. 

Each one of these pieces of personal identification, which were carried by Bob Kent in his flight suit during that last mission, was in perfect, undamaged condition. When asked, "When were these documents returned?" 
"By whom and under what circumstances?" 
"How, when and by whom were they placed in his records?" and 
"Why was the family not notified when they were returned?" 
The Marine Corps had no answers. To date they still have no answers. 

Robert Kent and Richard Morin are among nearly 600 Americans who disappeared in Laos. Many of these men were known to be alive on the ground. The Laotians admitted holding "tens of tens" of American Prisoners of War, 
but these men were never negotiated for either by direct negotiation 
between our countries or through the Paris Peace Accords which 
ended the War in Vietnam since Laos was not a party to that agreement. 

Since the end of the Vietnam War well over 21,000 reports of American prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for have been received by our government. Many of these reports document LIVE America Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia TODAY. 

Pilots and aircrews in Vietnam and Laos were called upon to fly and fight
 in many dangerous circumstances, and they were prepared to be wounded, 
killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country they so proudly served. 

The U.S. Government operates on the "assumption" that one or more men 
are being held, but that it cannot "prove" that this is the case, 
allowing action to be taken. Meanwhile, low-level talks between the 
U.S. and Vietnam proceed, yielding a few sets of remains when it seems politically expedient to return them, but as yet, 
no living American has returned - nor has 
Robert " Bob " Kent and Richard Morin - alive or dead.

Here in my home, in a corner of a special room is a table 
set with certain items all laid out with care and in their respective place. 
This table has stood this way for over 10 years and will continue to do so. 
Not used, but stands alone to symbolize Pride and Honor.

This table you wonder what can it be for ? Its the table of Honor 
that stands for our POW - MIA's. As a symbol of our Men and Women 
still missing from the ranks, this table setting represents them and should dignify all our tables. These Men and Women are unable to be with their families, and so we pay our humble tribute to them. 

We are drawn to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures 
and our freedom there are others who have endured and 
may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and internment. 

I give to you : " THE TABLE "
This Table - set for one, is small, 
   symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner. 

The Tablecloth - is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions 
                   to respond to theirs Country's call to arms. 

The Single Red Rose
- signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice 
to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States. 
It also reminds us of all who keep 
the Faith while awaiting their return. 

The Red Ribbon - tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent 
of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands 
who bear witness to their unyielding determination to 
demand a proper accounting of our missing

A Slice of Lemon - reminds us of their bitter fate. 

The Sprinkled Salt - reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families 
as they wait. 

The Glass is inverted - they cannot toast with us this night. 

The Chair is empty - they are not here. 

The Candle - The candle, the candle is unlit symbolizing the upward reach 
of their unconquerable spirit. Remember
is reminiscent of the light of 
HOPE which lives in our hearts 
to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, 
to the open arms of a grateful Nation. 

This is a Poem as seen from the eyes of a young girl, 
it explains about putting off and putting off and putting off-
especially putting off caring about people 
We really love...


Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it?
I thought you'd kill me 

But you didn't

And remember the time I dragged you to the beach, 
and you said It would rain.... and it did?
I thought you'd say, "I told you so"

But you didn't

Do you remember the time I flirted with all the guys 
to make you Jealous, and you were?
I thought you leave me...

But you didn't

Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie 
all over your Car rug?
I thought you'd hit me, 

But you didn't

And remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was formal 
and You showed up in jeans?
I thought you'd drop me, 

But you didn't

Yes, there were lots of things you didn't do
But you put up with me and you loved me, 
and you protected me. There were lots of things 
I wanted to make up to you 
When you returned 

From Viet Nam:


(Written by John Gordoski 1992
used with permission)

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