The National Security Agency/Central Security Service Cryptologic Memorial is intended to honor and remember those who have given their lives, "serving in silence," in the line of duty since World War II. The names listed include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and civilian cryptologists who have made the ultimate sacrifice in hostile action; under fire in peacetime activities; and in other tragedies, such as a fire at a military field site. It is hoped that this memorial will serve as an important reminder both of the crucial role that cryptology plays in keeping the United States secure and of the courage of these individuals to carry out their mission at such a dear price.
The memorial is a black granite wall, 12 feet wide and eight feet high, centered with a triangle. The words THEY SERVED IN SILENCE, etched into the polished stone at the cap of the triangle, recognize that cryptologic service has always been a silent service -- secretive by its very nature. Below these words, the NSA seal and the names of the 152 military and civilian cryptologists who have given their lives in service to their country are carved into the granite. The names are at the base of the triangle because these cryptologists and their ideals -- dedication to mission, dedication to workmate, and dedication to country -- form the foundation for cryptologic service.
The striking memorial was designed by an NSA employee. It is housed in the NSA Headquarters complex at Ft. Meade, MD.