Near Cassopolis in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial
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.
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.
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
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.
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, Korean. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1895.
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. Marker is located in Kincheloe Memorial Park at the southwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cassopolis MI 49031, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Station of the Underground Railway (approx. 0.8 miles away); Freedom Road (approx. 2 miles away); Cass County Courthouse (approx. 2 miles away); Sanctuary and Deliverance (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lewis Cass (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cass County Jail Cornerstone (approx. 2.1 miles away); To Those Who Fight For America's Freedom in the Past, Present and Future (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pioneer Log Cabin Museum (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cassopolis.
Also see . . .
1. Iven Carl Kincheloe Jr. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on May 23, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. America's First Spaceman. A story on Captain Iven Kincheloe from National Public Radio. (Submitted on July 16, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,184 times since then and 343 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 16, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 2. submitted on April 6, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on July 16, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.