-The brotherhood chain of VO-67 has been shortened by the loss of yet another member. We are very sad to report this.
Kent A. Link, 75, passed away in Conroe, TX on March 8, 2010 of natural
causes. A family service will be held at the Woodlands United Methodist
Church Grace Garden Columbarium. Kent was born in Algona, Iowa on
February 25, 1935 to Thomas L. Link and Edna (Renaud) Link. After
graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School, Kent enlisted in the Navy
and was soon sent to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated
in 1959. He proceeded to flight traning in Pensacola, FL, where he
received his wings. In Vietnam, his squadron VO-67 flew dangerous
missions over Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Trail, dropping seismic and
acoustic devices to pick up enemy movement thus saving countless lives.
Forty years later in 2008, the squadron received the Presidential Unit
Citation for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty.
After Vietnam, Kent received his Masters Degree from the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He retired in 1980 as a Commander
and moved to River Plantation in Conroe, TX. where he was employed by
Outboard Marine Corporation and Sears. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, card
games, cooking and celebrating holidays with his family. Kent is
survived by his wife of 42 years, Dianne (Reifenrath) Link; two
daughters and their spouses, Kelli and Steve Fowler of Conroe, TX and
Suzanne Link and Jay Mahavier of Austin, TX; and two brothers and their
spouses, twin Kermit and Katy Link of Colville, WA and Tom and Mary Lee
Link of Stuart, IA. The family requests memorial gifts be made to the
charity of choice in Kent's name..