John Charles Kwortnik

Vietnam War
RankLieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Unit435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Entered Service From
Date of BirthMay 26, 1935
Date of DeathAugust 1, 1966
Memorialized Courts of the Missing
Court A
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, United States

Lieutenant Colonel Kwortnik was a member of the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On August 1, 1966, he was the pilot of a Starfighter (F-104C) on an escort mission over North Vietnam. His aircraft was hit by a surface to air missile that did not exploded, but damaged his aircraft. He ejected safely but contact with him was lost. His remains were recovered on August 14, 1985 and identified on October 24, 1985. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.