Vincent Peter Mancuso

Born: Mon., Aug. 26, 1940
Died: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sun., Jan. 21, 2018
Location: The Harbor Club Clubhouse

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Vincent Peter Mancuso, Sr., 77, of The Harbor Club, died at Saint Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, Georgia. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 53 years, Camille, his two children Vincent Jr. and Gina Marie Thomason. He leaves behind three grandchildren, Vincent III, Cassidy Thomason and Sara Mancuso, his sister Camille Arata in Tampa Florida, his daughter-in-law Nichole Mancuso and son-in-law John Thomason. 

Of his life, he said, “That above all, I had the enormous good fortune of meeting my soul mate and love of my life as a young man of 16. From the first day I told my parents that I knew I would always love and would someday marry her but she wasn’t so sure. Camille and I raised the most wonderful family (including all of the dogs) and I depart this place a very, very proud father, father-in-law and grandfather who loved each and every one of them with all my heart.” 

Vincent is a highly decorated retired Army colonel and master aviator who was shot down four times in combat. Among his medals and awards he received the Combat Infantry Badge, 32 Air Medals (many with V Devices worn to denote "participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy"), the Legion Of Merit, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 2 Bronze Stars w/ V Devices as well as many service medals. During his military career he earned several Bachelor of Arts Degrees, one from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. from the University of California. He is also a graduate of the New Jersey Military Academy. His final two Army assignments were with helicopter research and development and finally as an Inspector General with Forces Command. Vincent was active in the Lake Oconee community, he wrote a widely read political newsletter, was co-founder of the Lake Oconee Tennis Association, was an active golfer and tennis player until he became seriously ill from exposure to Agent Orange while flying in the Vietnam War and he served as the President of The Harbor Club Master Property Owners Association for eight years. He grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey, the only son of Peter and Frances Mancuso originally of Corleone Sicily. 

A memorial will be held on January 21st at The Harbor Club Clubhouse from 3-7. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at to sign the guest register. 

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LTG Ronald L. Watts, US Army Retired
   Posted Sat January 06, 2018
Anita and I are saddened to learn of Vince passing. He was a great man, who served his Country with distinction. We hope that the family will find comfort in the memories of their time with Vince.

Linda and Steve Weiser
   Posted Sat January 06, 2018
There are no words that will ease what you are going through...just know that there are many of us who are here to help, in whatever way we can. Prayers for you and your entire family.

Bill, Verley, and Prince Hairy Dotson
   Posted Sat January 06, 2018
We hold the spirit of our friend in our hearts.
We feel the warmth of his friendship in our hands.
We hear the beauty of his life in every whisper of the wind.
The Prince waits for his Colonel.
The coffee is ready.
Bill is restless.
Comfort will come with time which is truly our friend.
Hugs and kisses.

Kristine & Cary Harmon
   Posted Sat January 06, 2018
Reading the first paragraph, is the MOST SPECIAL - his words of admiration for his family, and knowing the admiration he had for our country - what a legacy! That is hard to top! From the stories of “younger years”, (Gina & Cary), I didn’t get to meet the “Colonel” that you guys knew, I just met the smiling, bright eyed man who was funny and friendly!! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!
Kristine, Cary, Katherine & Christopher Harmon

Judy and Ron Wright
   Posted Sat January 06, 2018
Camille and family, we were saddened to hear of Vince's passing. He was so friendly and you were each blessed to have each other. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time

Judy and Ron Wright

Leslie Stewart
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
I feel such pride in having known "Doc"...a true hero! Back when we're in high school who thinks that someday someone will become a hero, so well-educated, so versatile? I'm sorry that Vinnie couldn't attend our 60th reunion but I know he will be honored there. I am honored to have known him.

Lee Franklin
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
With this message I represent the Rutherford, New Jersey High School Class of 1958. We are among the most fortunate of Vince's friends in that many of us grew up with him from the age of 4, and all of us had the privilege of being with him through four years of high school and through eleven reunions -- one every five years since. Vince stands out for us as one of our most colorful members, without question the most entertaining, a leader who helped to dissolve social boundaries of the sort that draw soft dividing lines among high schoolers. As one of our most beloved members, Vince's passing leaves a hole in our hearts. He made us laugh, he helped us love, he made us very, very proud. As I've told Camille, he will be with us forever -- we cannot let him go (either).

David Goodhart
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Dear Camille,
Yours and Vinnie's lives epitomize what is a genuine, true American love story: love for one another; love of family; and, love of country. Vinnie's upbeat, positive outlook to life and his sense of self-deprecating humor were inspirational character attributes. What a guy!

Dave & Linda Goodhart, RHS Class of '58

Lee Frances Brown
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
Dear Camille and Family,

I feel blessed to have known Vinny. He made me laugh, he honored me for what he thought were my accomplishments and he truly cared for each individual he encountered in his lifetime. This accomplished gentleman never had an egocentric thought about himself. He always gave his gift of caring and interest in others with his whole heart. There was an aura of warmth in Vinny's persona. It simply radiated from his personality. His Rutherford High School classmates, of which I am one, will so miss his presence among us, but his spirit will always remain with us.
God bless you Camille and your lovely family.
Sincerely and with loving thoughts,
Lee Frances Brown

Don Ulrich
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
I am very sorry to hear of Vince’s passing. I read it in the VHPA Aviator magazine. I was a pilot in the same Helicopter Gunship Platoon as Vince in 1967. He got to Vietnam about 7 months before me. I flew my first combat mission with him when he earned one of those Air Medals with “V”. I flew with him quite a bit my first few months. I also ran into him frequently at Ft. Wolters, TX after that VN tour. I have nothing but great memories of Vince. Jean and I send our sincere sympathy.