From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Vincent Sim '38

Date of birth: September 30, 1914

Date of death: May 6, 1946

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Vincent was lost on May 6, 1946 when his plane crashed in the vicinity of Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay. (Information from September 1946 issue of Shipmate.)

He is buried in California.


From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • NAS Pensacola attached for HTA flight training, 3/19/1942
  • Date of rank LT from 1 Jul 1942 USN Register, 6/15/1942
  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 15841, 7/24/1942
  • Date of rank LCDR unknown, probably 10/17/45
  • TacTest NAS Patuxent KIFA near Smith Island in Chesapeake Bay 5/6/1946

Vincent served as a LT aboard USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE 75) at some point during the war.

Post-War Service

He is listed as the 83rd Naval Aviator to pilot a jet aircraft, doing so on February 21, 1946 at Patuxent Naval Air Station in a P-59B.

Class of 1938

Vincent is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.