Hall of Honor

The making and breaking of codes and ciphers is a profession that demands intellect, patience and imagination, while providing little recognition beyond the confines of the cryptologic community.  That is why we participate in NSA's efforts to bring honor to those whose contributions to this discipline have been significant.

Members of the Foundation and its Officers and Board of Directors are well qualified to assess such contributions to cryptology, since they have long-term, intimate knowledge of the events and the people who have played significant roles in these events.

The Foundation makes nominations to the NSA Center for Cryptologic History of candidates for induction into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor, exhibited in the museum.  The Hall of Honor was created in 1998 and pays tribute to Americans and others who have given especially distinguished service to the United States in cryptology and its related fields.  The process is open to all individuals, military and civilian. 

Call for Nominees for 2014

The Foundation invites your nominations for the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor for 2014.

The nominee must have made significant contributions to the security of the United States in the field of cryptology either by one important achievement or contributions over a career. The nominee must be retired from active duty for a minimum of 10 years. The justification should be substantive and well written. You are encouraged to consult with others who worked closely with the nominee for input. Please review the HOH Selection Guidelines and the careers of previous inductees. Mail your nominations to NCMF, POB 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755 or send via E-mail to the NCMF.  Deadline for submissions to be considered for 2014 induction is March 12, 2014. 

You can submit a nominee at any time during the year and they will be considered during the next cycle. Go to HoH Selection Guidelines to read and/or print the NSA guidelines for the HoH process

Hall of Honor Inductions, 2013

Three pioneers of American cryptology and a unique group of American citizens were inducted into the NSA/CSS Hall of Honor on November 13, 2013 at the National Cryptologic Museum. Inducted were: Ms. Vera Filby, Mr. Richard Proto, Mr. Washington Wong and ALL of the Native American Code Talkers.

The program from the induction ceremony noted:

Ms. Vera Filby - a renowned educator, technical leader in intelligence analysis, and role model who developed and taught courses on reporting and related skills that determined signals intelligence practice for decades and influenced several generations of NSA employees.

Mr. Richard Proto - A brilliant mathematician and innovative thinker who revitalized the mathematics program at NSA and whose technical leadership was critical to the success of many complex projects that were essential to our Nation's security.

Mr. Washington Wong - A language expert who successfully tackled many of the most difficult linguistic problems at NSA and mentored two generations of language officers in Asian and other languages in the theory and practice of language work.

Native American Code Talkers - Secure communications on the frontlines in two world wars whose innovation in tactical voice communications to foil enemy eavesdroppers and skillful manipulation of language gave U.S. forces a level of security and a speed of communications that would have been otherwise impossible.

Source of the above symbol:  NSA graphic designers created the above image based on guidance from the CCH that was based on their research. They created an image that would represent ALL Code Talkers regardless of tribe or nation. The image includes the eagle feather, which is a universal symbol among Native American Nations. It represents the greatest of creatures created by the Great Spirit. On top of the eagle feather are two lightning bolts, which have been used many times in history to represent military signals and communications.

For more information on the contributions of these individuals or to see those inducted in prior years, click here to visit the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor.

Another honor - on November 20, Congressional Gold Medals, the nation’s highest civilian honor, were awarded honoring the service of hundreds of overlooked code talkers from 33 tribes.  Most of those that served have passed away but  Edmond Harjo, 96, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, served as a radio man with the 195th Field Artillery Battalion in France was in attendance as where many representatives of Native American Tribes.  Read the article on the event in the Washington Post.