Casey Vincent was born on November 29, 1914, in Gail, Texas, and grew up in Natchez, Mississippi. He enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard on December 4, 1928, and served until December 3, 1931. Casey then entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1932, and graduated with a commission as a 2d Lt of Field Artillery on June 12, 1936. He immediately entered pilot training in the Army Air Corps and was awarded his pilot wings at Kelly Field, Texas, on October 6, 1937, followed by service with the 19th Pursuit Squadron at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, from November 1937 to November 1940. His next assignment was with the 35th Pursuit Group at Hamilton Field, California, where he served as a squadron commander, group operations officer and executive officer, and then as commander of the 35th Pursuit Group from November 1940 to January 1942. Col Vincent then deployed to India where he served as director of pursuit training with 10th Air Force at Karachi AB, India, from March to November 1942, and then as a P-40 Warhawk pilot with the 23rd Fighter Group in China from November 1942 to March 1943. His next assignment was as Chief of Staff of 14th Air Force from March to December 1943, and then as commander of the 68th Composite Wing from December 1943 to December 1944. Between November 1942 and August 1943, he was credited with the destruction of 6 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, 4 probables, and 1 damaged. Gen Vincent next served as commander of the 30th Training Wing at Turner Field, Georgia, from December 1944 to June 1946, and then served at the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Gen Vincent served as commander of the 25th Air Division at McChord AFB, Washington, from April 1949 to April 1952, and then served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Material at Headquarters Air Defense Command at Ent AFB, Colorado, from April 1952 to August 1953. His next assignment was as Vice Commander of the Western Air Defense Force at Hamilton AFB, California, from August 1953 to July 1955. Gen Vincent moved to Ent AFB the first week of July 1955 to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of Continental Air Command, but he he died in his sleep on July 5, 1955. He was buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. Casey Vincent had served as the model for Milton Caniff's comic strip characters "Colonel Vince Casey" and Brigadier General P.G. 'Shanty' Town" during and after World War II.
His Silver Star Citation reads:
gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with the 23d Fighter Group,
10th Air Force, in action in East China during the period 22 to 27 November 1942.
Lieutenant Colonel Vincent, immediately after reporting for duty at this
headquarters, accompanied the mission over East china from 22 November to 27
November, when seven raids were made in five days. He volunteered in each and
every one of these missions, and flew actively in six of them. In his very first raid he
went low and strafed enemy shipping and installations. Over Canton, on 27
November 1942, he aggressively attacked and shot down an enemy fighter and
delivered fire on several others in an action where our forces were faced by superior
numbers of the enemy. The voluntary acts of this staff officer in engaging in six out
of the first seven combats of the China Air Task Force on a most active front, and
the coolness, gallantry and intrepidity of his flying was an example to the officers
and men of this command.