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20 Dec 1969: Anniversary of the Capture of North Vietnamese Notebooks

Sunday, December 20, 2020
20 Dec 1969: Anniversary of the Capture of North Vietnamese Notebooks

20 December 1969: The capture of the North Vietnamese notebooks which are on display in the NCM's Vietnam exhibit.

On December 20, 1969, soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Division were on patrol in Binh Duong Province of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) and spotted an antenna wire protruding from the ground. What they actually discovered was one of a well-developed network of tunnels of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). Inside was a cache of over 2,000 intercepted U.S. and South Vietnamese voice transmissions. They also captured 13 of the 18-person communications unit with receivers and other equipment of Chinese, Vietnamese, and U.S. origin. These notebooks provided the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong with information on the location of allied units, disposition of forces, and other importance intelligence.

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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.

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