William Colby

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William Colby

William Colby was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 to 1976.


Colby served as an OSS "Jedburgh" in France before being parachuted into Norway in late 1944.[1]

CIA Career

Colby joined the CIA in November 1950. His first assignment was in the Western European Division, of the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). In 1951, he became the OPC's representative in Stockholm.[2]

In 1953, he was assigned as a political action officer in Rome, at the Deputy Directorate for Plans (DDP).[2]

He became Deputy Chief of Station, Saigon in 1959.[2]

In 1960, he became Chief of Station, Saigon.[2]

He was appointed Deputy Chief, Far East Division, DDP, in 1962, becoming chief of the division later the same year.[2]

In 1968, he was assigned to the Agency for International Development as Deputy Director of Civil Operations and Rural Development (CORDS), Saigon. Later the same year, he was appointed Director, CORDS (with the rank of Ambassador), Vietnam.[2]

In 1972, Colby became CIA's Executive Director-Comptroller.[2]

In 1973, Colby became Deputy Director for Operations (DDO).[2]

On 10 May 1973, Colby was nominated as DCI by President Nixon.[2]

Colby served as Director of Central Intelligence from 4 September 1973 to 30 January 1976.[2]


External Resources


  1. R. Harris Smith, OSS: The Secret History of America's First Intelligence Agency, University of California Press, 1972, p.202.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Harold P. Ford, William Colby: Retrospect, Studies in Intelligence, Semiannual Edition, No. 1, 1997, Center for the Study of Intelligence, CIA.