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Cryptologic Hall of Honor

The Cryptologic Hall of Honor was created in 1999 to pay special tribute to the pioneers and heroes who rendered distinguished service to American cryptology.

The standards are high for induction into this great hall. The individuals honored were innovators over their entire careers or made major contributions to the structure and processes of American cryptology. The men and women who have been inducted to the Cryptologic Hall of Honor are all greats in the once silent world of cryptology.

In the early days of America's cryptologic effort, many of the "giants" did both Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance. They made important contributions to both offensive and defensive cryptology. As such, they were among the first inducted into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor. 

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Lester K. Myers, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Lester K. Myers
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Lester K. Myers, former NSA Senior Language Analyst, mentor, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Dr. Whitfield Diffie, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Dr. Whitfield Diffie
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Dr. Whitfield Diffie, computer security pioneer and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Barbara A. McNamara, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Barbara A. McNamara
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Barbara A. McNamara, former NSA Executive Assistant to the Director, former NSA representative to the Department of Defense, former Deputy Director NSA, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Dr. David Kahn, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Dr. David Kahn
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Dr. David Kahn, Journalist, Author, former NSA Scholar-in-Residence, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

George R. Cotter 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
George R. Cotter
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About George R. Cotter, former NSA Chief of Staff, NSA Chief Scientist, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Captain Leonard T. Jones, USCG

2016 Hall of Honor Inductee

Captain Leonard T. Jones, USCG, was a pioneer in the development of clandestine radio intelligence for the U.S. Coast Guard in the 1930s and 1940s. His expertise in cryptology laid the foundation for the impressive successes Coast Guard cryptologists achieved against the Prohibition-era "Rumrunners" and against Germany during World War II. Captain Jones innovated the collection of Rumrunners' communications, which included shipborne collection, and getting the secure messages decrypted.

Trained by the Army's William Friedman, Captain Jones was a member of the team decrypting Japanese diplomatic codes in the early 1930s. During World War II, when the Coast Guard cryptanalytic unit was subordinated to the Navy's equivalent unit, he played a key role in maximizing the efforts of the two organizations, which had similar missions, but differed in organization and processes. Captain Jones led the successful effort to solve the Abwehr ENIGMA machine variant used by German agents in the Western Hemisphere. He also established and managed the cryptologic capabilities of the Office of Strategic Services, which resulted in the development of the first deployable field transmission and interception equipment used in support of U.S. clandestine operations.

Captain Jones' accomplishments prior to the war were important innovations in law enforcement, and during the war his leadership and achievements were major contributions to Allied cryptologic successes.