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MD History Day Student Honors a Former WAVE as Part of National World War II Exhibit Opening

MD History Day Student Honors a Former WAVE as Part of National World War II Exhibit Opening

At the National History Day contest in June 2015, Sarah Bowden, a Maryland History Day student who attends Baltimore Polytechnic Institute won a trip to the Grand Opening of a new wing of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans this December 10-12.

As part of her participation in the opening of the new wing, she wrote an essay based on an oral history in the collection of the National World War II Museum.

In her essay, Bowden salutes the courage and dedication of a woman by the name of Janice Benario. Benario attended Goucher College in Maryland, where she took a course in cryptology, then joined the WAVES, and eventually worked as a Junior Watch officer where she read decoded German messages and marked positions of German ships on a map. Benario was entrusted with Top Secret Ultra material and kept her work secret, even from her family.

Read the essay on the National World War II Museum's Salute To Courage page. Scroll down and select "Maryland." You can also watch the oral history interview of Janice Benario.

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  • Confederate Signal Corps was established. The Confederate Signal Corps accomplished tactical and strategic communications for the warring armies, including electromagnetic telegraphy and aerial telegraphy ("wig-wag" signaling). It included a covert intelligence agency known as the Secret Service Bureau. Remember to explore the NCM's Revolutionary Secrets exhibit during your next visit.

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.