Hillenkoetter, Roscoe Henry, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Rating/NEC Group Unknown
Primary Unit
1956-1957, Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
Service Years
1915 - 1957
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Contact Info
Home Town
St Louis, MO
Last Address
New York City, NY
Date of Passing
Jun 18, 1982
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery (VLM) - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
6 5813-C-1

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Pearl Harbor Survivor's AssociationNational Cemetery Administration (NCA)WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  0, Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association
  1982, National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
  2021, WWII Memorial National Registry - Assoc. Page
  2021, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity:

The National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena was formed in 1956, with the organization's corporate charter being approved October 24. Hillenkoetter was on NICAP's board of governors from about 1957 until 1962. Donald E. Keyhoe, NICAP director and Hillenkoetter's Naval Academy classmate, wrote that Hillenkoetter wanted public disclosure of UFO evidence. Perhaps Hillenkoetter's best-known statement on the subject was in 1960 in a letter to Congress, as reported in The New York Times: "Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense."


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 Unit Assignments
USS Bushnell (AS-2)US NavyMine Force Atlantic Fleet (MINELANT)USS Rochester (CA-2)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Portland (CA-33)Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)State Department, Washington, DC, Naval Support Unit (NSU)
USS Maryland (BB-46)USS West Virginia (BB-48)USS Dixie (AD-14)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
USS Missouri (BB-63)Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific FleetOffice of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
  1919-1920, USS Bushnell (AS-2)
  1920-1920, USS S-7 (SS-112)
  1921-1921, USS Paducah (PG-18)
  1922-1922, USS Chewink (AM-39)
  1922-1922, Mine Force Atlantic Fleet (MINELANT)
  1923-1923, USS O-2 (SS-63)
  1925-1925, 10th Naval District
  1927-1929, USS Rochester (CA-2)
  1929-1931, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1932-1932, USS Portland (CA-33)
  1933-1933, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  1933-1936, US Embassy Paris France
  1936-1938, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1938-1941, US Embassy Paris France
  1941-1941, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1943-1944, USS Dixie (AD-14)
  1944-1945, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1945-1946, USS Missouri (BB-63)
  1946-1947, US Embassy Paris France
  1947-1950, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  1950-1951, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1952-1956, 3rd Naval District
  1956-1957, Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1915-1919, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 07, 1919, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 07, 1922, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 07, 1925, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 30, 1934, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1939, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 18, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Nov 29, 1946, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Apr 09, 1956, Promoted to Vice Admiral
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