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:

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VINCENT MONCRIEFF SIM

Chicago, Illinois

Vinnie, Vince

You'll probably hear him before you see him. In either case, stand by because when Vinnie's around things happen and happen fast. Ambidextrous and versatile, Vinnie can do more things with his hands than a girl with a hairpin. He has a splendid memory for batting averages but for formulas and French verbs—no! He readily recognizes and appreciates the things that are sterling. His hair-trigger sense of humor often relieves from the seriousness of the moment but savoir-faire redeems him. Vinnie enters enthusiastically into sports, society and nudist colonies. He is one of the few who can say and do what they please and still retain their friends. His genial disregard for conventions leads to his doing the unusual with an enviable nonchalance. Vinnie's host of friends and virtues are stepping stones to certain success.

Swimming 3, 2, 1; Water Polo 4; Choir 4, 3, 2, 1; Radio Club 4, 3, 2, 1; M.P.O.

1938 Sim LB.jpg

VINCENT MONCRIEFF SIM

Chicago, Illinois

Vinnie, Vince

You'll probably hear him before you see him. In either case, stand by because when Vinnie's around things happen and happen fast. Ambidextrous and versatile, Vinnie can do more things with his hands than a girl with a hairpin. He has a splendid memory for batting averages but for formulas and French verbs—no! He readily recognizes and appreciates the things that are sterling. His hair-trigger sense of humor often relieves from the seriousness of the moment but savoir-faire redeems him. Vinnie enters enthusiastically into sports, society and nudist colonies. He is one of the few who can say and do what they please and still retain their friends. His genial disregard for conventions leads to his doing the unusual with an enviable nonchalance. Vinnie's host of friends and virtues are stepping stones to certain success.

Swimming 3, 2, 1; Water Polo 4; Choir 4, 3, 2, 1; Radio Club 4, 3, 2, 1; M.P.O.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Vincent's life or loss, except for his career summary below.

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 70 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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