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Roscoe Henry Hillenkoetter

(Born May 8 1897 - Died June 18 1982)

He was the third director of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, serving from May 1, 1947 to October 7, 1950.

He was serving as director of the CIA at the time that North Korea invaded South Korea (June 25, 1950)

Prior to joining the Central Intelligence Agency Captain Hillenkoetter served as the commanding officer of the USS Missouri. In 1946 he was a Rear Admiral. In late 1950 (after his retirement from the C.I.A. - he was unfairly blamed for the C.I.A.'s mishandling of the North Korean attack) - He was then the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Cruiser Fleet. In 1956 he was a Vice Admiral Inspector General. He was a Naval Commander and Intelligence officer and as such was on the US Naval Investigations committee for Aerial Phenomena. This was during the 1950's.

In 1960 he made a few startling public statements on the UFO situation - statements that he has become remembered by.

As reported in the New York Times (February 28th 1960) - SEE ACTUAL ARTICLE

"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."

"The U.S. Air Force has constantly misled the public about UFO's. I urge congressional action to reduce the danger from secrecy."

New York Times - February 28th 1960 - Click link above to view actual article from New York Times Archive - See my link for "fair use"  on home page