Retired Army Maj. Gen. Vincent H. Ellis, 60, an ordnance officer whose last assignment had been with the Defense Logistics Agency at Cameron Station in Alexandria, died of cancer Tuesday at Walter Reed Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.
He was assigned to Cameron Station from 1976 until his retirement in 1979. From 1970 to 1973, he served in the office of the assistant secretary of the Army for installations and logistics. He then was commanding general of the Army Munitions Command at Dover, N.J., and of the Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal at Huntsville, Ala.
Gen. Ellis was born in Del Rio, Tex. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State College and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.
During World War II, he served with the Coast Artillery Reserve and after the war was sent to Japan to serve in staff and Ordnance Corps posts. He separated from the service in 1947, returned to active duty and was commissioned in the regular Army.He attended the British Military College of Science in 1950.
Gen. Ellis taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and saw duty in Ankara, Turkey, before joining the office of the Army chief of ordnance here in 1959. Later, he was with the Army Materiel Command in Washington and in 1967 was commanding officer of the Harry Diamond Laboratories here. He also served in Korea and Vietnam in the late 1960s.
His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis L., of Falls Church; two sons, Richard M., of Manassas, and William H., of Falls Church; three daughters, Anne E., of Arlington, Melinda L., of Elmira, N.Y., and Amanda J., of Falls Church; his mother, Rachel M., of Meadville, Pa.; two brothers, retired Army Capt. Albert M., of Aberdeen, Md., and retired Army Col. David M., of Van Buren, Ark., and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the charity of one's choice.