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date: 22 November 2019

Hillenkoetter, Roscoe Henrylocked

(08 May 1897–18 June 1982)
  • Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

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Hillenkoetter, Roscoe Henry (08 May 1897–18 June 1982), first director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), first director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was born in a German-speaking district of St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Alexander Hillenkoetter, a postal inspector, and his French wife, Olinda Du Ker. He served with the Atlantic Fleet in World War I, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1919, and then returned to duties on both submarines and surface craft. In 1928 he became involved in intelligence operations when he helped to supervise elections in Nicaragua. His interest and expertise in intelligence increased when he traveled to Europe as a naval courier, meeting with ...

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