On February 22, 1996, National Security Agency/Central Security Service dedicated the Memorial Wall in OPS2B to those who sacrificed their lives.
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service Cryptologic Memorial honors and remembers those who gave their lives, “serving in silence,” in the line of duty. It serves as an important reminder of the crucial role that cryptology plays in keeping the United States secure and of the courage of these individuals to carry out their mission at such a dear price.
The wall dedicated in 1996 lists 178 names of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and civilian cryptologists who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The black granite memorial stands eight feet tall by 12 feet wide with the words “They Served In Silence” etched into the polished stone at the cap of a triangle. The NSA seal is carved below followed by the names of those cryptologists who have given their lives in service to their country. The names are at the base of the triangle because these cryptologists and their ideals – dedication to mission dedication to workmate and dedication to country – form the foundation for cryptologic service. The structure was designed by an NSA employee and the memorial is housed in the NSA headquarters complex.
On Memorial Day 2001, NSA began a tradition of declassifying and sharing the stories behind the names on the wall. Listed below are the names and date of loss of the cryptologists who paid the ultimate price in service to our country.
22 February 2023 at 12:00
Thank you Mario, one of those you listed was a friend of mine
22 February 2023 at 16:49
Thank you ALL for your Service and Sacrifices RIP!❤️🇺🇸⚓️
22 February 2023 at 16:51
Thank you Mario. I knew – and served with – Ray Linn (at CinCLANTFLT SPINTCOMM); Warren Hersey
and John Smith (at NSG/CRS London) – and they were all good friends of mine. In the case of Warren
and Smitty (as we called him) my wife also knew them.
22 February 2023 at 21:50
It was an honor to know a few who served and lost their lives.
24 February 2023 at 21:07
One name is still missing from NSA’s Wall – James Anthony “Tony” Kelly, the NSG DivOff on the Oriskany who perished (along with 40+) others in a fire on 26 October 1966. To have Tony’s name placed on the wall we need some definite info regarding his NSG duties, e.g. his home duty station, accounts of those who served with him, any supporting information regarding his NSG career would help. Indications are that he was PCS to NSGA Hanza — surely someone in the blogasphere remembers him or additional details regarding his assignment to the Oriskany. If so, please weigh in here or contact me at email@example.com.