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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.
Photographed 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
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe and the Bell X-2 image. Click for full size.
via AF, unknown
2. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe and the Bell X-2
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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 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, 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 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
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
3. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 1
(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). 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.) 
 
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
4. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 2
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 3 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
5. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 3
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 4 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
6. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial - Marker 4
Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
7. Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial
View to northeast along M-60
Marker 1 - Captain Kincheloe image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
8. 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.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
9. Marker 2 - Ace Pilot of the Korean War
Marker 3 - The First Spaceman image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
10. Marker 3 - The First Spaceman
Marker 4 - Kincheloe's Legacy image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
11. Marker 4 - Kincheloe's Legacy
 
 
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 732 times since then and 45 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.

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May. 25, 2022