It is with sad news to report Rear Admiral Eugene S. Ince’s passed yesterday. Rear Admiral Eugene S. Ince’s biography follows:
Rear Admiral Eugene S. Ince, Jr., USN, was born in Goshen, Indiana on 18 October 1926 and is a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Following graduation from the Academy, he entered flight training and was subsequently designated a naval aviator. He served as a pilot with Attack Squadron 115 and deployed with that squadron to Korean waters aboard USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CV-47) and USS KEARSARGE (CV-33) during 1952 and 1953. In 1954 he was assigned to the Advanced Training Command, Corpus Christi as an instructor.
He graduated from the Naval Intelligence School in 1957 and was certified as a Russian translator/interpreter after completing the Navy Language School in 1958.
Admiral Ince’s first assignment with the cryptologic community was the period 1958-1961 when he served at the Naval Security Group Activity, Kami Seya, Japan. This tour was followed by afloat cryptologic experience on the Staff Commander Seventh Fleet. During this time he was selected as a professional Navy cryptologist. Upon graduation from the Naval War College in 1964, he served as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet and subsequently to the Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Command. In June 1966 Admiral Ince assumed command of the Naval Security Group Activity, Skaggs Island, California. Upon completion of this tour, he reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Deputy Director of the Signals Exploitation and Security Division. This was followed by a tour as Deputy, and later Assistant Commander for Operations, Naval Security Group Command. His next assignment was Assistant Chief of Staff for Signals Exploitation, Staff Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Director Naval Security Group, Europe. Following this tour of duty Admiral Ince assumed the position of Assistant Deputy Director for Operations at the National Security Agency.
Admiral Ince was promoted to flag rank on 1 July of 1976, and on 29 May 1977 became the first Deputy Director for Telecommunications and Computer Services at the National Security Agency. On 30 August 1978, Admiral Ince assumed command of the Naval Security Group Command, a position he held until 26 September 1980.
He was married to the former Jean Marion Gregory of Oak Park, Illinois. They had five children. Following retirement, Admiral Ince and his wife moved to Madison, Virginia. Admiral Ince held the following decorations: Legion of Merit, Air Medal with gold star, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device. In 1982 he was chosen by Ohio University to be a distinguished visiting professor and the first incumbent in a newly established chair of Communications Management. He developed and taught a new undergraduate curriculum on the subject. For the past few years the Admiral has been involved chiefly in volunteer work.
Source: Echoes of Our Past