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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.)





Home State

New Jersey

War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

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.)

Highest Rank

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

Franklin Lakes

Country of Birth

United States


Gray, Matthew

Interview Date

Fall 10-13-2016

Location of Interview

Orlando, FL.


Hickey, Margaret A.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Navy

Collection Description

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


Gray, Matthew

Length of Interview

29 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type



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