Shannon Kent is the only female naval cryptologist killed in action in the history of the United States! From the beginning of the Naval Security Group through FCC/C10F there have been a total of 93 cryptologists killed in action.
On January 25, 1987 Ranger 12, an EA-3B “Whale” (BuNo 144850) belonging to VQ-2, was lost while attempting to land on the USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Ranger 12 was returning from an operational mission in the Eastern Mediterranean and crashed off the Nimitz’s flight deck.
The text of this narration, written by LCDR Ron Samuelson, is based entirely upon the recollections of Communications Chief James Kell, USN.
Shipmates and friends,
On January 16, 2019, CTICS(IW/EXW) Shannon M. Kent was killed in action in Manbij, Syria while supporting Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolved. She is the only female cryptologist killed in action in the history of naval cryptology, leaving behind two small children and a husband.
The first installment of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Gold Bug” appeared in “The Dollar” newspaper in Philadelphia on June 21, 1843.