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1962-1969, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
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1940 - 1960
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Arlington National Cemetery

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Dec 14, 2001
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Upon graduation, Hugh reported to TRENTON (CL-11). In August, 1941, she escorted allied merchantmen in the Pacific approaches to the Panama Canal, and in December, 1941, escorted troop ships to Australia. In August, 1942, Hugh reported to Bath, Maine, for the commissioning of USS TAYLOR (DD-468) as gunnery officer. After a minimum shakedown, TAYLOR was off to North African operations. Next it was through the Panama Canal and a year of nightly battles around the Solomons as well as frequent air defense actions; TAYLOR was an early fighter director ship. Along the way, TAYLOR caught RO-25 on the surface in Kula Gulf and sank her with gunfire. The squadron transferred to the Central Pacific in time for Tarawa and Halsey's first raid on Kwajalein. In mid-December, 1943, back in San Francisco, Hugh was ordered to MAYO (DD-422) as XO, but MAYO took torpedo damage in the Med and Hugh never caught up to her. While awaiting orders in BuPers, Hugh married Dorothy Borden (Penny), whom he had known since dancing school days. He was ordered to GAINARD (DD-706) and she joined the fleet just in time for D-Day at Okinawa (1 April 1945). Though not specially fitted as a fighter director ship, GAINARD served more days on radar picket and as fighter director ship than any other ship present, all without damage by kamikazes.       

As the war ended, Hugh took command of USS METCALF (DD- 595), one of the last Fletcher class. He then reported to the Naval Intelligence and Language School for instruction. After learning French in four months, he was ordered in 1948 to French Morocco; as Asst. Naval Attache. 1950 saw Hugh back at sea as the CO of ELLYSON (DMS-19) out of Charleston, SC, and later of SIGOURNEY (DD-643). ONI then made its claim on Hugh for the time he had spent in their school. He served in ONI for three years and then three more at sea on the 7th Fleet Staff. His last fling in the Pentagon started in 1958 in OP-6O. He retired voluntarily on 1 December 1960, and they moved to Greenwich, CT, where he worked for American Machine and Foundry, and later for Bankers Trust Company on Wall Street. In 1962, he got a chance to join CIA, a very interesting organization, but by 1969 he had had enough. He was eligible to retire under CIA rules and did so.

December 19, 2001
Hugh Blanchard Vickery, 83, a retired Navy commander who did intelligence work at the CIA from 1962 to 1969, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 14 at the Collington retirement community in Mitchellville.

Cmdr. Vickery, the son of Vice Admiral Howard Vickery, served in the Navy for 24 years before retiring from active duty in 1960 from the strategy, plans and policy division in the office of the chief of naval operations.

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Taylor (DD-468)USS Gainard (DD-706)
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Ellyson (DD-454)USS Sigourney (DD-643)Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
COMSEVENTHFLTCNO - OPNAVCentral Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  1936-1940, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1941-1942, USS Trenton (CL-11)
  1942-1943, USS Taylor (DD-468)
  1943-1943, USS Mayo (DD-422)
  1944-1945, USS Gainard (DD-706)
  1945-1946, USS Metcalf (DD-595)
  1946-1946, Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course
  1948-1950, NAVCOMMFAC Port Lyauty, French Morocco
  1950-1951, USS Ellyson (DD-454)
  1951-1952, USS Sigourney (DD-643)
  1952-1955, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  1955-1958, Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group, 7th Fleet, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1958-1960, OP-60, CNO - OPNAV
  1962-1969, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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United States Naval Academy
  1936-1940, United States Naval Academy
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  Cmdr. Hugh Blanchard Vickery
  Bio: Hugh B. Vickery
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