From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Vincent '68

Date of birth: September 22, 1944

Date of death: September 3, 1974

Age: 29


Unable to find any information about Robert's loss. Per the 1964-1965 Register of the US Naval Academy his middle name was Patterson, and he was born September 22, 1944. He entered with a Fleet appointment.

He was given an "unsatisfactory conduct discharge" from the Naval Academy on August 18, 1967. In an email from a Lee Richardson '68 on June 8, 2017, a company-mate of "Vinny":

We were in the 6th company which, during the 66-67 ac-year was located on the 4th deck of the 1st wing. Bob (Vinny) was caught growing weed on the window ledge(!) and of course was dismissed. Being a former white hat, and adhering to the policy of the time, he reverted back to enlisted status to serve out his original enlistment.

He was interviewed as a LT when he was a part of VF-1, deployed aboard USS Enterprise, in 1975: Unable to find him in the 1974-1975 USS Enterprise cruise book; he is also not listed on the In Memoriam page. Fighter Squadron (VF) 1 flew F-14 Tomcats, but there is no recorded loss of either Vincent or of a VF-1 aircraft in this timeframe.

Date of death from Register of Alumni, which gives no other information.

Class of 1968

Robert is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 in Memorial Hall.