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Near Cassopolis in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial

 
 
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
1. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial
Inscription.
(Marker 1)
Captain Kincheloe
Born July 2, 1928, was a Korean War fighter ace who flew the rocket-powered Bell X-2 to a world record altitude of 126,200 feet on September 7, 1956. He died July 26, 1958, in the service of his country while flight testing an experimental aircraft.

(Marker 2)
Ace Pilot of the Korean War
Iven Carl Kincheloe (1928-58), space pioneer, grew up one mile from this site. The 1945 Dowagiac High School graduate was licensed to fly at 16 and graduated from Purdue University in Aeronautical Engineering in 1949. Entering the USAF from ROTC, he flew 131 combat missions in the Korean War, becoming the 10th jet ace of the war on April 6, 1952. He earned the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

(Marker 3)
The First Spaceman
After his Korean War service, Captain Kincheloe trained to be a test pilot. Assigned to Edwards AFB, he flew experimental rocket aircraft and piloted the Bell X-2 to a record 126,200 feet, the fringes of outer space, on September 7, 1956. Kincheloe received the Mackey Trophy and was hailed as “The First Spaceman.” Chosen as the first pilot of the North American X-15, he was a national hero and spokesman for the USAF and space program.

(Marker 4)
Kincheloe’s
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 1 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
2. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 1
Legacy

Captain Kincheloe died in a jet crash on July 26, 1958 and never flew the X-15. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery and awarded the Legion of Merit. Kincheloe AFB in the Upper Peninsula, the Iven C. Kincheloe Award and Dowagiac’s Kincheloe Elementary School honor his legacy. With this monument, Cass County remembers the dreams, spirit and achievements of Iven C. Kincheloe, the First Spaceman.
 
Location. 41° 54.895′ N, 85° 58.377′ W. Marker is near Cassopolis, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of State Highway 60 and Decatur Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Kincheloe Memorial Park at the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Cassopolis MI 49031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Underground Railway (approx. 0.8 miles away); Freedom Road (approx. 2 miles away); Cass County Courthouse (approx. 2 miles away); Lewis Cass (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cassopolis Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Underground Railroad (approx. 2.9 miles away); Cass County Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Birch Lake Meeting House (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cassopolis.
 
Also see . . .
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 2 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
3. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 2

1. Kincheloe Military Memorial Park. From the Discover Cass County website. (Submitted on July 16, 2014.) 

2. America's First Spaceman. A story on Captain Iven Kincheloe from National Public Radio. (Submitted on July 16, 2014.) 

3. Iven Carl Kincheloe, Jr. Detailed biography from the arlingtoncemetery.net website. (Submitted on July 16, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Korean
 
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 3 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
4. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 3
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 4 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
5. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 4
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
6. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial
View to northeast along M-60
Marker 1 - Captain Kincheloe image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
7. Marker 1 - Captain Kincheloe
Marker 1 is located next to the pathway
Marker 2 - Ace Pilot of the Korean War image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
8. Marker 2 - Ace Pilot of the Korean War
Marker 3 - The First Spaceman image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
9. Marker 3 - The First Spaceman
Marker 4 - Kincheloe's Legacy image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
10. Marker 4 - Kincheloe's Legacy
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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