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Laurence Hugh Frost

Born: Jul 22, 1902

Death: May 23, 1977

Birthplace: Fayetteville

Nationality: United States

Laurence Hugh Frost

Date of Birth : Jul 22, 1902
Date of Death : May 23, 1977
Birth Place : Fayetteville

Laurence Hugh Frost was a U.S. admiral who served as Director of Naval Intelligence and Director of the National Security Agency. Frost graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1926 and served in various ships and shore stations throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He was the commanding officer of Greer when that destroyer was attacked by a German U-boat on 4 September 1941. This was the first attack by Germany on a U.S. warship during World War II and occurred while the U.S. was officially neutral, some three months before America entered the war. After decorated service in World War II, Frost was assigned to Naval Intelligence and later saw combat as commander of the cruiser Manchester in the Korean War. He was Chief of Staff to Commander First Fleet in 1952. He commanded Destroyer Flotilla Four, Atlantic Fleet in 1955-1956 and was Director of Naval Intelligence from 1956 until 1960. As head of Naval Intelligence he tried to change the U.S. policy on the rebellion in Indonesia. Frost became director of the National Security Agency in November 1960 with the rank of Vice Admiral. He held this post until 1962.

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