Oral History interview of Margaret Hickey. Interview conducted by Gray, Matthew at Orlando, FL.
0:33 Birthplace, parents occupation, education; 1:05 Family in military, Father in military during Korea, how she joined Navy; 1:45 Influenced to join the Navy; 2:05 Families reactions to joining the Navy; 2:35 Expectations going into boot camp, arriving at RTC Orlando; 3:09 Impressions of Orlando; 3:31 Impressions of the Navy; 4:02 Day one in boot camp; 4:38 Haircuts for Woman; 5:19 Medical exam at boot camp; 5:50 Boot camp compared to what she was used to; 6:21 Personal experience in boot camp, wanting to get out, convinced to stay in; 7:13 Adapting to Boot camp, week one, daily chores and duties; 8:14 Graduation day, what instructors were like; 9:28 Inspections in Boot camp; 10:35 Meals at Boot camp, sleeping accommodations; 11:06 Swimming at Navy; 11:36 Advance Training after Boot camp; 12:01 Boot camp prepare you for Navy life, comparing Advance and Boot camp; 12:43 First duty station in Washington; 12:53 Break; 13:26 What arrival was like at first duty station, length there; 14:07 Reassigned jobs: security force; 14:52 Sent to Washington State Police Academy, transferred to New Jersey; 15:25 Ships served on: USS Vulcan; Military police investigators school; 15:53 Duty on USS Vulcan; 16:25 Transferred to RTC Orlando as Company Commander, cheaters; 17:22 Next station: USS Butte, shore duties, restationed to USS Vulcan; 18:23 Duty and mission of USS Butte, experience on there; 18:56 Next station: Connecticut at Submarine base New London, her duty; 19:20 Commissioned as a Warrant Officer; 21:03 New station: John F. Kennedy carrier, ships mission, her duty; 21:53 Next station: Naval Waterfront Brig Jacksonville, FL, her duty there; 23:06 Mother illness and passing, next station at Consolidated Brig Charleston; 23:48 Next station: Kings Bay Georgia, experience there; 24:00 Next station: Naval Station Mayport, her duty there, moved to carrier; 24:36 USS George Washington, experience there and duty; 25:17 Stationed in Naval Support Activity in Nortfolk, VA, duty, challenges; 26:35 Retired from Navy, favorite station, memorable days; 27:40 Medals, awards, and citations; 28:40 Cancer and fully retired; 29:08 Final words about the Navy; 29:38 End of interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Franklin Lakes (N.J.)
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
USS Vulcan AR-5 85-88, USS Beute AE27 91-96, USS John F. Kennedy CV 67 97-99, USS George Washington
Location of Service
Washington (State); Orlando (Fla.); New Jersey; Jacksonville (Fla.); Charleston (S.C.); Kings Bay (Ga.); Mayport (Jacksonville, Fla.); Norfolk (Va.)
Chief Warrant Officer 5; CWO5
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Indian Ocean Lebanon Crisis; Gulf War
Went to E-1 to E-9 command master chief of Beute; commissioned Warrant Officer; first woman to be pinned CWO5.
Served in the Lebanon Crisis, Gulf War, Desert Shield, OIF.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Hickey, Margaret A.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Margaret, Hickey A., "Hickey, Margaret A. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 517.