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History of U.S. Marine Corps COMINT Effort (Part 5 of 6)

Personnel and Perception Problems

During the late 1930’s, fundamental issues arose which ultimately resulted in the withdrawal, until World War II, of enlisted marine intercept operators for COMINT operations.
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History of U.S. Marine Corps COMINT Effort (Part 4 of 6)

Sgt Lesko – The First Intercept Operator at Shanghai

Shanghai’s allowance of one sergeant and eight enlisted Marines was basically the same as the Peiping site.  The first marine intercept operator assigned to Shanghai was then Sgt Stephen Lesko.
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History of U.S. Marine Corps COMINT Effort (Part 3 of 6)

The Manchurian Incident

September 18, 1931 was significant in the Peiping station’s history.
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History of U.S. Marine Corps COMINT Effort (Part 2 of 6)

First Marine Intercept Operators

In 1931, to improve security, the intercept site was moved to another location near the U.S. Naval Attaché’s residence.
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History of U.S. Marine Corps COMINT Effort (Part 1 of 6)

Shanghai, China

Pre-World War II United States Naval Communication Intelligence (COMINT) operations were largely conducted by Navy personnel.  However, some 40 USMC officers and enlisted personnel whose contributions have gone relatively unheralded but were no less important were also involved.
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America’s First Code-Breakers – How the U.S. Military Helped Win the WW1 Intelligence War (Guest Post)

The U.S. military was entirely unprepared for the information war that awaited it on the Western Front. It would have to race to catch up.

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