Doyle Overton Hickey

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Doyle Overton Hickey
President Harry S. Truman, accompanied by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, chats with Brig. Gen. Doyle O. Hickey, 3rd... - NARA - 198926.jpg
Brig. Gen. Doyle O. Hickey, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and President Harry S. Truman.
Born July 27, 1892
Rector, Arkansas
Died October 20, 1961 (aged 69)
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Unit 31st Infantry Division
7th Field Artillery Regiment
Commands held 9th Infantry Regiment
3rd Armored Division

World War I

World War II

Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (4)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star

Doyle Overton Hickey was an officer in the United States Army who served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War, finishing his military career as a Lieutenant General.


Hickey was born on July 27, 1892 in Rector, Arkansas. Hickey graduated from Hendrix College in 1913 and studied law until deciding to enlist for World War I. He joined the Army, attended Officer Candidate School at Leon Springs, Texas, and in 1917 was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery. Hickey was assigned to the 31st Infantry Division and served in France until the end of the war.

After the war, Hickey continued his Army career, attending the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

In the early 1930s he served with the 7th Field Artillery Regiment at Madison Barracks, New York, afterwards being assigned to duty as Director of the United States Park Police in Washington, D.C.

From 1938 to 1940 he served in the Philippines, and from 1940 to 1941 he commanded the 9th Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1941 he was assigned as executive officer of the Field Artillery Replacement Center.

In 1942 Hickey joined the 3rd Armored Division during its World War II training in southern California, assuming command of Combat Command A and receiving promotion to Brigadier General. He assumed command of 3rd Armored Division after the death of Major General Maurice Rose and was promoted to Major General. The 3rd Armored had already taken part in combat during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, and after Hickey assumed command the division continued to fight, taking the city of Cologne in March, 1945, and crossing the Saale River. On April 11, 1945, the 3rd Armored discovered the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp. After World War II the division carried out occupation duty near Langen, and was inactivated in November, 1945.

After World War II Hickey served as Chief of the Research and Development Division for Headquarters, Army Ground Forces, in Washington, D.C.

After serving as deputy Chief of Staff for the Far East Command in Tokyo during Douglas MacArthur's command, in 1951 Hickey was assigned as Chief of Staff, receiving promotion to Lieutenant General, serving under Matthew Ridgway and Mark Clark, and playing an important role in the planning and execution of operations during the Korean War.

General Hickey retired in 1953, and became an executive with the Continental Motors Corporation.

Hickey died at his home in Pass Christian, Mississippi on October 20, 1961 and was buried in Pass Christian's Episcopal Church Cemetery.

General Hickey's decorations included two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, four of the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.


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  • U.S. Army Register, published by U.S. Army Adjutant General's Office, 1922 page 600
  • Newspaper article, Captain Hickey Transferred, Syracuse Herald, April 6, 1932
  • Hearing Record, District of Columbia Appropriations, United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, 1933, page 57
  • Spearhead in the West, 1941-45: the Third Armored Division, Frank Woolner, Murray H. Fowler, 1945, pages 6 to 8
  • Military Affairs: Journal of the American Military Institute, 1945, Volumes 9 to 11, page 36
  • A Dark and Bloody ground: the Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945, Edward G. Miller, 1995, page 214
  • US Armored Divisions: the European Theater of Operations, 1944–45, Steven J. Zaloga, 2004, page 78
  • Battle of the Ruhr Pocket, Charles Whiting, 1971, page 66
  • Newspaper article, General Hickey Named Deputy Chief of Staff, Pacific Stars and Stripes, February 17, 1949
  • Newspaper article, General Hickey to Retire After 35 Years in Army, New York Times, March 27, 1953
  • The Korean War: a Historical Dictionary, Paul M. Edwards, 2003, page 102
  • Encyclopedia of the Korean War: a Political, Social, and Military History, Spencer Tucker, Jinwung Kim, 2000, Volume 3, page 247
  • Military Times, Hall of Heroes, Index of Recipients of Major Military Awards,
  • Newspaper article, Clark Adds Cluster to Hickey's DSM at Farewell Rites, Pacific Stars and Stripes, April 30, 1953
  • Skyways for Business, National Business Aircraft Association, 1955, page 5
  • Newspaper article, General Hickey, Army Commander: Aide to MacArthur Dies—Led 3d Armored Division, New York Times, October 21, 1961
  • Newspaper article, Obituary, D.O. Hickey, Delta (Mississippi) Democrat-Times, October 22, 1961