VINCENT M. SIM, LCDR, USN

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:


Loss

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.

Career

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.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1938

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT John Waldron '24, LT Gerald Dyson '27, ENS Paul Riley '37, ENS William Mason, Jr. '37, ENS John Smith '38, ENS John Black '38, ENS Keene Hammond '38, and ENS Osborne Wiseman '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Irving Wiltsie '21 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT William Pye, Jr. '28 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LT John Yoho '29 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Albert Major, Jr. '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg James Reilly '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg John Spiers '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg George Nicol '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), and ENS William Hulson '36 (Aircraft, Battle Force).

January 1939

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Gerald Dyson '27, ENS Paul Riley '37, ENS William Mason, Jr. '37, ENS John Smith '38, ENS John Black '38, ENS Keene Hammond '38, and ENS Osborne Wiseman '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Irving Wiltsie '21 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT John Waldron '24 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LT John Yoho '29 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg James Reilly '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg John Spiers '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg George Nicol '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg David Taylor, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), and ENS William Hulson '36 (Aircraft, Battle Force).

October 1939

Ensign, USS Mahan

Others at this command: LT William Potts '27.

June 1940

Ensign, USS Mahan

November 1940

Ensign, USS Mahan

April 1941

Ensign, USS Mahan


Class of 1938

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