Hickey, Robert Ferdinand was born on December 28, 1897 in Red Bluff, California, United States. Son of Thomas and Augusta (Young) Hickey.
Student University of California, 1915-1917. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1921.
Commanding officer Naval Air Station, Bermuda, 1941-1942, United States Ship Hancock, 1944-1945. United States Naval attache for air, assistant Naval attache, London, England., 1945-1947. Commander Fleet Air Wings, Atlantic, 1948-1950.
Chief information Navy Department, Washington, 1950. Rear admiral commanding Carrier Division Five, Korean waters. Chief of staff commander Naval Forces Far East, 1954-1955.
Commander Fleet Air, Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, 1955-1958. Commander Fleet Air, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from 1958.
Clubs: Army and Navy, National Press (Washington).
Married Virginia Burnham, June 30, 1928. Children: Patricia Ann, Robert Ashley.