- September 22, 1922 - June 9, 2012
- Corpus Christi, Texas
of Harold's Passing
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Harold "Hal" Feeney, Commander, US Navy, retired, went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2012.
Hal was born on September 22, 1922, in Bristol, TN, the son of Charles Wakefield
Feeney and Florence A. Kaufman Feeney, and grew up in VA, PA, and Long Beach, CA.
Hal attended Valley Forge Military College in PA (1941-1942). Later, while attending the
University of Southern California, World War II broke out and word came that his brother
Wakefield had been killed at sea. Hal immediately quit the University and volunteered
to serve in the Army. Hal attended the War Department Military Intelligence Training
Center and later the Infantry Officer's Candidate School. He was sent to the Command
and General Staff School to help teach the course in Chinese to Army Officers from
China. After World War II, Hal finished his studies, taught Spanish and French at the
University of Southern CA, Un. of PA and the Valley Forge Military College in PA.
In 1949 Hal accepted from the US Department of State the position of Director of the US-
Ecuadorean Cultural Center in Quito, Ecuador (1949-1950). Meanwhile, he had switched
his commission to be a US Navy Intelligence Reserve Officer to honor his brother. After
the Korean War broke out, Hal was called to duty in 1950 in Naval Intelligence. He served as
Special Agent in Panama (1952-1954). He was appointed from Reserve to Regular Navy (1943)
and made it his career. He also served as Naval Attache at the US Embassy in Paris, France (1957-1959) and later as Chief of Intelligence Plans Unit at NATO Headquarters in France and in Belgium when NATO relocated there (1966-1968). Hal served as Chief of Intelligence at the US Guantanamo Base in Cuba (1960-1961) and helped to infiltrate and operate CIA-trained exile Secret Agents into Communist Cuba, at times accompanying them on missions.
Hal was awarded the Medal of Valor by Brigade 2506 for his actions in the effort to free
Cuba. During the Missile Crisis in 1962, Hal was appointed Chief of the Cuba Branch of the
Defense Intelligence Agency. Hal served as an advisor at meetings of the Executive Committee
of the National Security Council chaired by President Kennedy at the White House.
Hal was twice awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medals and numerous classified
commendations for specific actions in the Intelligence Service.
Foreign awards include the Spanish Navy Meritorious Cross and the International Eloy
In 1970 Hal gave up a promotion to Captain in order to start a new career as a Vice-President
of Great Western Corporation, with Headquarters in Corpus Christi, TX. After a few years
Hal quit the business world and became a Special Investigator under contract with several
entities of the Federal Government. With his many years of experience in counter-
intelligence, Hal enjoyed using his training and experience in counter-intelligence to
serve his country during disturbing times. His knowledge of seven languages was called upon
frequently in his career.
Also a Blessed opportunity was introduced in 1974, when Shaklee's products saved Hal's life by restoring his health. Forever after, Hal gratefully shared that gift of a way to better health with people worldwide.
An avid sportsman, Hal still played tennis into his eighties. He won many tennis trophies during
his life. Hal enjoyed writing and was a regular Feedback Columnist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times for many years. He also had may magazine articles published in Spanish and English. Commander Feeney is survived by his wife, Lydia (Lyke) Jansse Feeney, his sons Harold Feeney, Jr. and wife Barbara, Charles Wakefield Feeney and wife Jennifer, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His youngest son, David Whitney Feeney preceded him in death.
Visitation will be on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Seaside Funeral Home with family to receive friends at 6:00 P.M. to 7: 00 P.M. Hal was a dedicated Christian and attended St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. Jack Modesett, Jr., Hal's longtime friend, will officiate the service of Praise and Thanksgiving in celebration of Hal's life at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel, Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 2:00 P.M.
Internment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers Hal asked that any donation be given to "Tennis Success", P.O. Box 71647
Corpus Christi, Texas 78467