Gregory L. Vincent – Salt River Pima
Sergeant, US Army
As a young boy, Gregory Vincent said he was bound for the military. “Growing up as a kid I was always playing with toy soldiers, model planes and ships, and watched every war movie possible,” he said.
He was assigned to the 55th Aviation Company, U.S. 8th Army. This is where Vincent would find his Army career, learning how to repair radios on helicopters and other Army aircraft. He said, “The pilot will have to rely on this instrument. I repaired that radio to been seen by radar, and that was my job.” He was assigned to 35/20 avionics, navigation and flight control repairman jobs.
Vincent had been in the aviation club in high school, so it was no surprise
to him that he would be working with helicopters. He earned an honorable discharge after serving 20 years in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he returned to Salt River.
Reprinted with permission from the Vincent family from the Au-Authm Action News Special Issue – November 2, 2017.