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1930: First Japanese linguist, John Hurt, hired by SIS.

Monday, May 13, 2019
1930: First Japanese linguist, John Hurt, hired by SIS.

13 May 1930: The first Japanese linguist, John Hurt, was hired by the U.S. Army's Signals Intelligence Service. Though he never studied Japanese formally or lived in Japan, he amazed people with his detailed knowledge of the language (which he had learned from a college roommate!). He clearly had a genius or flair for languages. The first current Japanese message translated by Hurt and forwarded to the military for use was in 1935. It dealt with a proposal for a joint Japanese-Mexican fishing operation that might have been a cover for espionage. He was the only full-time Japanese translator until mid-1937 when another civilian translator was hired.

In the photo: Hurt is standing - third from the left.

From the NSA PDF - " Translator Extraordinaire" by Samuel S. Snyder (see link below to read full PDF)

"John Hurt made an invaluable contribution to the nation's cryptologic effort. His work as a translator of Japanese, especially prior to and during World War II, won him the admiration of the author (Samuel Snyder), along with many of the others who were connected with the Signals Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency."

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On This Day In History


  • GRAB, first reconnaissance satellite, launched. GRAB - ("Galactic Radiation and Background," its cover, or codename TATTLETALE), was the world's first reconnaissance satellite and is on display at the National Cryptologic Museum. Photo from NSA Anniversary Timeline: Naval Research Lab Team at Cape Canaveral for spin test of GRAB1 atop Transit 2A. (Left to right) Martin J. Votaw, George G. Kronmiller, Alfred R. Conover and Roy A. Harding

About Us

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.