Tulsa, Oklahoma – Corporal Scott Vincent, USMC, who lost his life while serving in Iraq, was remembered at the Freedom Concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma last night. Scott’s parents, Royce and Judy, joined Sean Hannity and Michael W. Smith on stage to pay tribute to their son and all the husbands and sons who have sacrificed their lives for our country. Vincent was a member of the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. On April 30, 2004, he was out on patrol just outside of Fallujah and was killed by a homicide car bomber.
On September 3, 2004, his mom and dad received his prestigous Navy, Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device. It was awarded to him for heroic action in combat that took place a few weeks before he died. His commendation read in part:
“On April 10, Corporal Vincent’s platoon came under heavy enemy small arms fire, rocket propelled grenades and automatic machine gun fire. Corporal Vincent effectively engaged multiple enemy targets in a building south of Al Karma, Iraq allowing his platoon to breach an obstacle and maneuver out of the enemy zone.”
Vincent was the youngest of three children who dreamed of being a U.S. Marine since he was a young boy. That dream that was realized when he enlisted during his junior year of high school and later graduated boot camp. After boot camp, he was assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and was a scout for a Light Armored Unit. During his time in the Marine Corps, Vincent was deployed three times – twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Afghanistan.
Scott Vincent loved hunting fishing and camping and spending time with his family. His parents explained that Scott had a great sense of humor and a big smile – the kind that lit up any room that he entered. He was an optimistic young man who loved life and made friends easily.
His life was one of service and sacrifice. While his soul now rests with His Savior, the memory of Scott’s heroism lives on.