Vincent Lexy Politte was born March 2, 1924 in Kirkwood, Missouri.
Vincent Lexy Politte was born March 2, 1924 in Kirkwood, Missouri. His aircraft went
down on August 1, 1943, and he was declared Missing in Action until August 1, 1944,
when he was; declared dead. Shortly after what would have been his 94th birthday,
the family was notified that he had been identified.
Vincent was the son of Melvin J. Politte and Velma M. Politte, of Leavenworth, both now
deceased. His brother, Francis E. Politte and sister, Theresa Politte Eberth expired in 2007.
Vincent graduated from Immaculata High School with Honors in 1941 when he was 17.
He received a medal for Physics and Higher Math, and also served as a Lieutenant
Colonel in ROTC that year. Following graduation he went to St. Louis to work in an
uncle's construction company and enlisted shortly after his 18th birthday in the Army Air
While in the Air Force he served as a gunner on The Liberator B-24. He was with
the 345th Bomb Squadron , 98th Brigade, 9th United States Army Air Force.
His aircraft went down over Ploesti, Romania in "Operation Tidal Wave”.
Vincent is survived by two younger brothers, Phillip B. Politte, Roseburg, Oregon; and Leo L.
Politte, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and an older sister, Dorothy Politte Wright Culp, Kansas
City, Missouri. There are numerous nieces and nephews as well as great and great-great
nieces and nephews.
During his time in the service he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal,
and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign. Medal with four Bronze Stars.
There will be a visitation with the family at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee in
Leavenworth, on Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 6 until 8 p.m. Starting promptly at 6 p.m. the
family will make a multigenerational presentation, with the presentation of Vincent's
medals after. Visitation will begin after the program. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ignatius in Fort Leavenworth at 9:00 a.m, on July 30, 2018 with interment with Military Funeral Honors immediately following in the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Father (Maj) Jeffrey Whorton will officiate at these services. Vincent's gravesite will be very near the grave site of his parents.
The family wishes to express gratitude to Jim Bell of the Past Conflict Repatriations
Branch for his kindness, hard work and diligence in the identification of our brother.
A special thanks goes to the scientists of Defense POW/MIA Account Agency.
The family also feels indebted to Major Terry England at Fort Leavenworth for his tact,
kindness and assistance in arranging the interment with military honors.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, honors in Vincent's memory can made, in the form
of donations, to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, attn: Susan, 9720 West 87m
Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left of Vincent’s online guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com