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Press Release | July 13, 2013

NSA/CSS Inducts Cryptologic Heroes Into Cryptologic Hall of Honor

FORT MEADE, Md.  –  

Four heroes of American cryptology were inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor today at the National Cryptologic Museum. In his keynote remarks during the induction ceremony,  John C. (Chris) Inglis,  Deputy Director of the National Security Agency,  highlighted the distinguished achievements of each of the inductees:

  • Ms. Vera Filby: An educator whose courses on reporting and related skills determined signals intelligence practice for decades and influenced several generations of NSA employees,  many of whom went on to senior positions.
  • Mr. Richard Proto: A brilliant mathematician whose technical leadership was critical to the success of many complex projects that were essential to the security of the United States.
  • Mr. Washington Wong: A language expert who successfully tackled many of the most difficult linguistic problems at NSA and engaged the most difficult transcription and translation problems.
  • Native American Code Talkers: Secure communicators on the frontlines in two world wars whose expertise and innovation in secure voice communications in combat saved thousands of American lives and enabled the success of many operations.

The Hall of Honor was created in 1999 to pay tribute to the pioneers and heroes who have made significant and enduring contributions to American cryptology. For more information on these cryptologic greats,  click on the Hall of Honor tab at

The National Cryptologic Museum is located off Exit 10A on Maryland Route 32 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295),  adjacent to the headquarters of the National Security Agency. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays),  and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. For more information on the museum, tours, educational programs, and hours and days of operation, click on the National Cryptologic Museum tab at Admission and parking are free. You can also follow the National Cryptologic Museum on Facebook at