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Hal Wellman Vincent

Hal Wellman Vincent was American military officer, investor. Decorated Legion of Merit with 2 gold stars, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with combat V, Air medal with star and numeral 14, Honor medal 1st class, Cross of Gallantry with gold star (Republic of Vietnam); recipient Wright Brothers Master Pilot award, 2005, named to Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame, 2010.

Background

  • Vincent, Hal Wellman was born on September 24, 1927 in Pontiac, Michigan, United States. Son of Harold and Glenda (Wellman) Vincent.

  • Education

    • Student, Navy V-5 program Western Michigan College/Colgate University, 1945. Bachelor of Science in Engineering, United States Naval Academy, 1950. Postgraduate, Marine Officers Basic School, 1950.

      Postgraduate, Flight School, 1952. Postgraduate, Test Pilot School, 1955. Postgraduate, Navy Fleet Air Gunnery School, 1958.

      Postgraduate, Air Force Fighter Weapons School, 1959. Postgraduate, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, 1964. Postgraduate, Industrial College, 1969.

      Postgraduate, Marine Air Weapons Training Unit, 1972.

    Career

    • Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Marine Corps, 1950, advanced through grades to major general, 1974. Rifle and machinegun platoon Commander Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1951. Fighter pilot El Toro, California, 1953-1954, Republic of Korea, 1953—1954.

      Test pilot Flight Test Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, 1955-1957. Operations officer, squadron assistant and fighter pilot El Toro, 1958-1959. Conventional weapons project test pilot Naval Air Weapons Test Center, China Lake, California, 1960-1962.

      Executive officer El Toro and Japan, 1962-1964. Aviation specialist Marine Corps amphibious warfare presentation team and staff officer Quantico, Virginia, 1965-1966. Commanding officer 2d Marine Aircraft Wing fighter-attack squadron, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1967-1968.

      Executive officer Marine Aircraft Group, Vietnam, 1969. Logistics staff officer Fleet Marine Force Pacific, Hawaii, 1970-1972. Commanding officer Marine Aircraft Group, Yuma, Arizona, 1972-1973.

      Chief of staff 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, El Toro, 1973-1976. Deputy chief. of staff plans and policy to Commander in Chief Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, 1976-1978. Commanding general 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina, 1978-1980.

      Deputy commanding general Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, Norfolk, 1980-1981. Retired, 1981; private investor, since 1981. Weapons test pilot; preliminary pilot, evaluator new military aircraft.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include invention of triple ejector rack for delivery of conventional bombs, 1961. Development of fighter tactics in F8 and F4 aircraft, 1958-1969. Flew 165 models of foreign and United States military aircraft.

      Flew 8 models of fixed wing and helicopters on 242 combat missions. First Marine to fly MACH-2. Pilot for 62 years recruited to join the early pioneer naval aviation (Golden Eagles) in 1980, while on duty as CG2MAW.

    Works

    • Contributor numerous articles on tactics and conventional weapons delivery, flight test stability and control to various military publications.

    Membership

    Member Sons of the American Revolution, Society Experimental Test Pilots, Early Pioneer Naval Aviators, Marine Corps Aviation Association, Mach 2 Club, Marbella Country Club.

    Connections

    • Married Virginia Bayler, June 9, 1951. Children: David B., Dale W., Deborah K. Vincent.
    • father: Harold Vincent
    • mother: Glenda (Wellman) Vincent
    • spouse: Virginia Bayler
    • children: David B. Vincent
    • Dale W. Vincent
    • Deborah K. Vincent
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    Born September 24, 1927
    Nationality
    • 1945
      Navy V-5 program Western Michigan College/Colgate University
    • 1950
      United States Naval Academy
    • 1950
      Marine Officers Basic School
    • 1952
      Flight School
    • 1955
      Test Pilot School
    • 1958
      Navy Fleet Air Gunnery School
    • 1959
      Air Force Fighter Weapons School
    • 1964
      Marine Corps Command and Staff College
    • 1969
      Industrial College
    • 1972
      Marine Air Weapons Training Unit
    • 1950
      Commissioned 2nd lieutenant United States Marine Corps
    • 1951
      rifle and machinegun platoon Commander Camp Lejeune
      North Carolina, United States
    • 1953 - 1954
      fighter pilot El Toro
      California, United States
    • 1953 - 1954
      fighter pilot El Toro
    • 1955 - 1957
      test pilot Flight Test Division
      Patuxent River, Maryland, United States
    • 1958 - 1959
      operations officer, and fighter pilot El Toro
    • 1958 - 1959
      squadron assistant, and fighter pilot El Toro
    • 1960 - 1962
      conventional weapons project test pilot Naval Air Weapons Test Center
      California, United States
    • 1962 - 1964
      executive, officer El Toro and Japan
    • 1965 - 1966
      aviation specialist, Marine Corps amphibious warfare presentation team and staff officer Quantico
      Virginia, United States
    • 1967 - 1968
      commanding officer, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing fighter-attack squadron
      Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
    • 1969
      executive, officer Marine Aircraft Group
      Vietnam
    • 1970 - 1972
      logistics staff officer, Fleet Marine Force Pacific
      Hawaii, United States
    • 1972 - 1973
      commanding officer, Marine Aircraft Group
      Yuma, Arizona, United States
    • 1973 - 1976
      chief of staff 3d Marine Aircraft Wing
      El Toro, California, United States
    • 1974
      Commissioned 2nd lieutenant United States Marine Corps
    • 1976 - 1978
      deputy chief of staff plans and policy to Commander in Chief Atlantic
      Norfolk, United Kingdom
    • 1978 - 1980
      commanding general 2d Marine Aircraft Wing
      Cherry Point, North Carolina, United States
    • 1980 - 1981
      deputy commanding general Fleet Marine Force Atlantic
      Norfolk, United Kingdom
    • 1981
      retired
    • 1981
      private investor
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