Remembering the 17 Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Cryptologists who gave their lives while serving in Southeast Asia.
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution or the Southeast Asia Resolution, enacted August 10, 1964, was a joint resolution that the United States Congress passed on August 7, 1964, in response to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.
This resolution gave U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorization, without a formal declaration of war by Congress, for the use of “conventional” military force in Southeast Asia. Specifically, the resolution authorized the President to do whatever necessary in order to assist “any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty”. This included involving armed forces.
Naval Cryptologists killed in action:
CAPT James Westley Ayers, USMC May 26, 1967
SSGT Alfred T Dwyer, USMC Jan 30, 1968
CPL Stephen Lee Traughber, USMC Sep 10, 1967
LCPL Larry Allan Jones, USMC Apr 24, 1968
CPL Walter James Dancer, USMC May 3, 1968
CPL William Ivan Inman, USMC May 3, 1968
SGT Paul Jay Kingery, USMC May 13, 1968
CTC Robert S. Gates, USN Dec 28, 1969
MSySgt Edward Reynold Storm, USMC Dec 28, 1969
SGT Larry Wade Duke, USMC Mar 10, 1970
SGT Robert Hrisoulis, USMC Jan 21, 1971
CTO3 James M. Coon, USN Dec 12, 1971
CTISN John M. Deremigio, USN Dec 12, 1971
CTOI Donald E. Dickerson, USN Dec 12, 1971
CTOSN Stephen H. Elliott, USN Dec 12, 1971
CTRI Walter R. Woods, Jr., USN Dec 12, 1971
CTM2 Gregory K. Zeller, USN Dec 12, 1971
Note: SPC4 James T. Davis, an Army cryptologist, assigned to the 3rd Radio Research Unit was one of the first to be killed in Vietnam. He died on December 22, 1961 while conducting a direction finding (DF) mission.
10 August 2021 at 11:49
There is one name missing from this list — LTJG James Anthony “Tony” Kelly, who was serving as the Naval Security Group Division Officer/OIC on the USS Oriskany. Tony died on board the Oriskany 26 Oct 1966, one of 44 people who perished as the result of an onboard fire. Tony is listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, but not on NSA’s Memorial wall. I am lead on an effort to have him added, and could use any additional information regarding his assignment. If anyone out there knew Tony or served with him, please post here or contact me at email@example.com.
10 August 2021 at 20:51