Ken Fraser was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York in 1964, and entered Air Force Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas, on September 30, 1964, earning his commission as a 2d Lt on December 21, 1964. After completing the Communications Officer Course at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, Lt Fraser was assigned to the 2045th Communications Group at Andrews AFB, Maryland, where he served from June 1966 to April 1967. He next attended Undergraduate Navigator School at Mather AFB, California, where he graduated and was awarded his Navigator Wings in December 1967. After completing Electronic Warfare Officer training, Fraser went through B-52 Stratofortress combat crew training. From December 1968 to December 1969, he served with the 393rd Bomb Squadron at Pease AFB, New Hampshire. During this time, Capt Fraser flew 63 combat missions in Southeast Asia between March and September 1969. He then transferred to the 596th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, where he served from December 1969 to June 1971. Fraser then became an F-105G Wild Weasel Electronic Warfare Officer and began flying combat missions in Southeast Asia with the 6010th Wild Weasel Squadron at Korat Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, in August 1971. While flying his 90th F-105 mission on February 17, 1972, Capt Fraser was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War. After spending 405 days in captivity, he was released during Operation Homecoming on March 28, 1972. He recovered from his injuries at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and then served as an Electronic Warfare Test Engineer with the 3246th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, from August 1973 until he left the Air Force on July 24, 1974. He was discharged from the Air Force Reserve on January 12, 1976. Ken Fraser and his wife Anne have three children.
His 1st (of 2) Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:
Captain Kenneth J. Fraser distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-105 Electronic Warfare Officer over Southeast Asia on 17 February 1972. On that date, Captain Fraser was in a flight of two F-105 aircraft on a surface to air missile and radar directed antiaircraft artillery suppression mission in support of a large strike force. When engaged by the hostile forces, he quickly analyzed the electronic spectrum, calculated the precise combat technique necessary to counter the imminent threat and directed the pilot to the optimum launch parameters for their retaliatory missiles, causing the opposing forces to direct their attention on his aircraft and allowing the strike force to successfully accomplish its mission and evacuate the threat area safely. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Fraser reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.