TBI brother, Robert W. Vincent '70, recently served as the keynote speaker during the Memorial Day Service held by Mountaineer Chapter #724, Military Order of the Purple Heart at the Marion County Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
This reunion holds special significance with Vincent being involved in this year’s program as he was shot down on July 1, 1972 in Cambodia and rescued by a helicopter aircrew.
Colonel Robert W. "Bob" Vincent graduated from East Fairmont High School and Fairmont State College. After college in 1970, he entered the US Air Force and completed pilot training in Lubbock, TX in 1971. His first assignment after pilot training was to Vietnam as a forward air control pilot in the O-2A with the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron in Saigon. He flew 156 combat missions and returned to Strategic Air Command in 1973 to fly the KC-135 at Barksdale AFB, LA. He moved to Montgomery, AL in 1978 to teach at Squadron Officers School. After attending Air Command and Staff College in 1982, he was assigned to Loring AFB, ME. There he served as a flight commander and head of the KC-135 Standardization and Evaluation Division. Col Vincent moved to Tampa, FL and assigned to MacDill AFB in 1985 as a staff officer in Readiness Command and later in Special Operations Command. In 1989, he was selected as the KC-135 Squadron Commander at Kadena AB, Japan. During this overseas tour, Col Vincent also served as the Director of Operations, Deputy Commander, and Commander of the 18th Wing Support Group. Col Vincent retired from the Air Force in 1994. Following his military career, he worked for Toys R Us as a store manager for 18 years. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal w/ 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, 3 Outstanding Unit Awards, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He and his wife, Sharon, have 5 children and 10 grandchildren; they reside in Upper St. Clair, PA.