H. Adkisson Obituary

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H. Keith Adkisson

September 21, 1924 - August 4, 2014
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Captain H. Keith Adkisson, USN, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on 21 September, 1924. He attended the University of Nebraska and Doane College in Nebraska. On 1 July, 1943, he entered the U. S. Navy on active duty as a Seaman Apprentice and was commissioned as Ensign, U. S. Naval Reserve on December 12, 1944, at Columbia University Midshipmen's School. By the end of World War II, he had decided to make the Navy his career, and was selected for transfer to the Regular Navy. In 1948, he was appointed a Special Duty Only (Communications) officer. He was promoted to Captain on 1 September, 1966. Shortly after being commissioned, he...
Captain H. Keith Adkisson, USN, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on 21 September, 1924. He attended the University of Nebraska and Doane College in Nebraska.
On 1 July, 1943, he entered the U. S. Navy on active duty as a Seaman Apprentice and was commissioned as Ensign, U. S. Naval Reserve on December 12, 1944, at Columbia University Midshipmen's School. By the end of World War II, he had decided to make the Navy his career, and was selected for transfer to the Regular Navy. In 1948, he was appointed a Special Duty Only (Communications) officer. He was promoted to Captain on 1 September, 1966.
Shortly after being commissioned, he attended Naval communications training at Harvard University, and then completed Russian language training at the Naval Language School then located at the University of Colorado.
His initial tour of duty with the Naval Security Group (NAVSSECGRU) commenced in December, 1945, in Washington D.C., where he returned for three other tours during his Navy career. His assignments to operations, communications, and personnel positions included tours of duty with the SIXTHFLEET in the Mediterranean Sea, and in Guam, Morocco, Philippines, Okinawa, and Japan, as well as tours with the National Security Agency , Ft. Meade, MD and Naval Security Group Headquarters, Washington D.C. In 1960 he was transferred to Puerto Rico in charge of the U. S. Naval Radio Station. In 1962, he was appointed Commanding Officer, U. S. Naval Facility, American Embassy, Nicosia, Cyprus, and it was during that assignment, in February 1964, when conflicts between Greek and Turkish Cypriots became so serious that evacuation of all U. S. dependents to Beirut, Lebanon became necessary. In mid-1964, he was assigned as Deputy Assistant Director NAVSECGRU at Fort Meade, Maryland and conducted liaison duties with the National Security Agency (NSA). From July 1967 to July 1970, he was Commanding Officer of the Naval Security Group Activity, Hanza, Okinawa after which he completed an assignment to Naval Security Group Command Headquarters, Washington D. C. where he became the Assistant Deputy Commander, Naval Security Group Command. He was Commanding Officer of the Naval Security Group Activity, Misawa, Japan from July 1972 until July 1974. He then was assigned to NSA as the Chief, Signal Intelligence Directives until retiring in July 1975.
Following Navy retirement, he was employed by MRJ, Inc in Fairfax, VA as a contract manager and assisted the Army Space Program Office in their plans and programs until 1986. He and his wife then moved to Cocoa Beach, FL where her sister and brother-in-law also lived.
Captain Adkisson was married in February, 1946 to the former Janice Pauley of Lincoln, Nebraska who died in 1992. They have two sons and one daughter. His oldest son, Steven, is married and lives in Seattle, WA. His daughter, Rebecca is married, has two children, Robert and Lindsay, and lives in Memphis, TN. His younger son, Richard, is married, has two children, Ryan and Lauryn, and resides in Oak Ridge, TN. He also has one great-granddaughter, Dilynn Adkisson Brown.
He married Hazel Chambers of Kensington, MD in 1999 and they have been living in Cocoa Beach, FL.
He is included in the Who's Who in America publications.
Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday August 6, 2014 at First United Methodist church of Cocoa Beach.
Captain Adkisson will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Donations in memory of Keith Adkisson may be sent to the United States Navy Memorial, P.O. Box 96570, Washington D. C. 20077-7685.
Arrangements under the direction of Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home, Merritt Island, FL.

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