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Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Navy Cryptology



Black Chamber Created, May 19, 1919

May 19, 1919, Department of State approved the creation of Cipher Bureau “Black Chamber,” a precursor to the modern-day National Security Agency and the United States’ first peacetime federal intelligence agency.The United States entered the Great War in 1918 with an intercept service of limited experience, and with equally limited experience in making and breaking codes. In the course of the war, the U.S. Army developed a cryptologic service that was probably the equal of any in the world.

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The Truculent Turtle, By G.P. McGinnis

In 1946 I was assigned to the office of the Secretary of the Navy, Mr. James Forrestal. The work involved any radio engineering tasks that might occur, and included portions of the Bikini Island atomic tests. One morning in late September Mr. Forrestal called me to his office and asked if I could install a radio broadcast studio in a navy aircraft. After learning some of the details I assured him it could be done. He told me to have it ready in two days.

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Remembering CTSN Carl Nygren, KIA USS Liberty

May 17, 1945 – June 8, 1967

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Remembering USS Stark – Red Sky in Morning: Naval Combat at the Dawn of Hypersonics

USS Stark steams quietly near Bahrain on May 17, 1987. The Tanker Wars between Iran and Iraq are ongoing, and the United States is trying to keep commerce flowing in the Persian Gulf. Unbeknownst to the crew, it is the final hour of life for 37 sailors onboard the Stark.

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A Mother Remembers Her Son, CTT1 Steve Daugherty

Happy birthday, Steve. It is such a gift to have you as my son. You are always remembered, honored and respected for your integrity, loyalty and bravery for which I couldn’t be more proud. Your huge smiles, your humor, your kindness and fairness, and your unending love for family and friends fills my heart each and every day. You make me so very proud to be your mom, always and forever with unending love.

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Remembering AT1 Bernie Joel Colgin, KIA, April 15, 1969, EC-121 Shoot down

AT1 Bernie J. Colgin was born on May 15, 1933 in Stillwater Oklahoma.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. “Buck” Golgin.  There is cenotaph recognizing AT1 Colgin in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA in section MA Site 115.

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