DONALD WAYNE VINCENT
PFC US MARINE CORPS
PFC Vincent with his father, Navy Captain Lee Vincent
PFC Donald Wayne Vincent
IN MEMORY OF
PFC Donald "Wayne" Vincent
April 17, 1983 - July 25, 2009
Mother Betty Sue and PFC Vincent
An assaultman handles weapons, such as the shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon and the Dragon medium assault anti-tank weapon, and provides anti-bunker and anti-armor fire. One of an assaultman's jobs is to shoot holes into buildings and allow other members of the team to enter the site.
Donald W. Vincent — better known by his middle name, Wayne — had to work a few odd jobs before everything really fell into place. “Wayne found he needed to get his life in focus,” said his father, Lee, a retired Navy captain. “The Marines was a means to an end.... He discovered abilities he didn’t know he had.”
Wayne was born into a Navy family and they made several moves before they settled in Gainesville, Florida, in 1988. He attended Talbot Elementary School, Ft. Clarke Middle School, and graduated from Gainesville High School in 2001. Following high school, he trained and worked as an electrician and in food services for Subway and the Melting Pot.
In 2008, Wayne joined the Marine Corps. He graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, and was then stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Wayne deployed to Afghanistan May 19, 2009, and was an assaultman assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
PFC Donald Wayne Vincent died July 25, 2009, at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province during Operation Enduring Freedom.
PFC Vincent's awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Vincent, who loved to hunt, fish, and scallop, was the oldest Marine in his basic training unit, earning him the nickname “the old man,” said his mother, Betty Sue. “He touched a lot of hearts,” Lee Vincent said. “People really loved him and they’re brokenhearted with us.”
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Street name in his honor
On May 23, 2011, in front of Alachua City Hall at the memorial, a dedication ceremony was held for the laying of pavers for veterans.
Above, Betty Sue and Lee Vincent
point to their son's paver.
On September 11, 2009, a portion of
Fort Clarke Blvd.was named after Wayne