Brigadier General Ivey O. Drewry, Jr.

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Born:December 17, 1915, Birmingham, AL


•  Brigadier General Ivey Oscar Drewry Commanding Officer, Strategic Missile Command Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama, 1962 - 1969. - AnnieBees

•  "The fierce Cold War boiled over with the Russian launch of Sputnik in 1957. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara answered with the legendary Nike-Zeus program, a six-year project to develop the Army's first antiballistic missile. General Ivey O. Drewry Jr., the man who led the follow-on Nike-X program from 1962-1969, tells that McNamara's demands were blunt and clear: Get the job done and beat those Russians." - Fox

•  "Brigadier General Ivey Oscar Drewry, US Army (retired 1969), was born at Birmingham, Alabama, December 17, 1915. Ivey graduated Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, 1939 and began his Army career September 1, 1939, the day Germany invaded Poland. His early duties were in quality control of ammunition loading at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, later being transferred to War Plans of ammunition loading plants design and construction of plants. At age 29, Ivey became the commanding officer of the 130th Ordnance Battalion, 8th Armored Division. Ivey served in Europe 1944 - 45, in France, Rhineland and Central Germany. In the closing days of the war in Europe Ivey was transferred to the 1st Army Headquarters and reassigned to the Philippine Islands. There he helped plan for the invasion of Japan. At the end of the war, Ivey returned to the United States and, in 1946, was assigned to the US Constabulary Occupation Forces in Germany. Returning to the United States in 1949 Ivey attended the University of Michigan Graduate School of Engineering. He was then assigned to the Pentagon in Research Engineering, Climatic Test Program; Detroit Tank Arsenal as Comptroller; then to Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk; and Picatinny Arsenal where he became Commanding Officer. From Picatinny he returned to the Pentagon again; then Industrial College in Washington. In the early 1960's Ivey served in Korea as Senior Ordnance Officer, 1st ROK Army (KMAG). Ivey's final assignment with the Army was as the program manager, Strategic Missile Command, 1962 - 1969, at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. On August 31, 1969, after 30 years service, Ivey retired from the US Army. Decorations include Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Honor. In his retirement Ivey worked 15 years as a consultant in aerospace industry." - AnnieBees

•  Married Marjorie Lucile Stephenson on June 18, 1936, in Jasper, AL - Mountain Eagle

•  Moved to Huntsville in 1962 - Mountain Eagle

•  "As a child his hair was cut in a Buster Brown haircut. To this day, his nieces and nephews call him 'Uncle Bus.'" - Family Tree Maker

•  First project manage of US anti-missile system. - Family Tree Maker

•  Middle name is Oscar - AnnieBees

Related Links:

•  AnnieBees - Genealogy

•  AnnieBees Photo

•  Family Tree Maker - Genealogy

•  Fox - Article by Pete Griffin published February 12, 2011. Interview with General Drewry centered on the role of Sputnik in the space race.

•  Mountain Eagle - Article by Jennifer Cohron (published summer of 2011) on the couple's 75th wedding anniversary. (Originally found at