Dwight Dickinson III – Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy Foreign Service Officer

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Dwight Dickinson III (Lieutenant Commander US Navy Reserve (Supply Corps) 1916-1997 was born in Annapolis, Maryland and died in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

After graduating from Harvard College in 1940 he was commissioned in the Navy Reserve in 1941, serving throughout World War II at sea in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters aboard the battleship, Idaho, and later aboard the cruiser, Augusta, when it brought President Truman back from the Potsdam Conference in August 1945. He also had shore duty at Guadalcanal and Annapolis, Maryland.

Dickinson ended his naval service as a Lieutenant Commander in the Supply Corps in 1946 and entered the United States Foreign Service, where he was posted to such assignments as Curacao, Mexico City, Beirut and Paris, as well as two tours in Washington and to the US mission to the UN in 1960 and 1962, at which time he was political advisor and alternate US representative to the UN Trusteeship Council.

After becoming Charge d'Affaires in Morocco, he was named Ambassador to the Republic of Togo in West Africa in 1970. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1974. He thereafter lived in Jamestown, Rhode Island until his death in 1997, leaving his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Anderson Hoge, and two sons, Spencer Edward II and Philip Lloyd.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, near other family members and in the gravesite of his father, Spencer Dickinson, Captain, United States Navy.

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