Cobra Ball II Crew  

SSgt. Harry L.Parsons III


NSA/CSS Cryptologic Memorial

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service Cryptologic Memorial honors and remembers those who gave their lives, "serving in silence," in the line of duty. It serves as an important reminder 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 wall, dedicated in 1996, lists 153 names of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and civilian cryptologists who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The black granite memorial stands eight feet tall by 12 feet wide with the words THEY SERVED IN SILENCE etched into the polished stone at the cap of a triangle. The NSA seal is carved below followed by the names of those cryptologists who have given their lives in service to their country. 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 structure was designed by an NSA employee, and the memorial is housed in the NSA headquarters complex. Click Here for a complete list of names engraved on the wall.

Stan Vandiver
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Stan Vandiver
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+ The photos of Harry Parsons shown above were taken by Stan Vandiver in 1978 when they were roommates at the Presidio of Monterey language school in California. Harry was a Russian linguist and Stan was a basic Korean student. Stan remembers that.... "Harry was a great guy and a good roommate. I especially remember that he had a passion for the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, which we often played together".

Source: Stan Vandiver (Guestbook Entry #290)

+ "I hope it's not too late to make an entry in the guestbook.  In one of life's ironic twists, Harry and I were roommates with SSgt Charles A. Brown in Omaha in 1978.  Charlie left to go bootstrap (later a Major assigned to NASA).  Both Harry and I had follow-on assignments to Eielson AFB, but I opted to transfer to the reserves to go to college and law school.  On St Patrick's Day 1981, I was crushed by the news of Harry's death, during my first year of law school.  Harry and Charlie had introduced me to Star Wars – the number 1 movie in 1977. Harry was an absolute character, an avid stamp collector, and he and I would sit around on days off, working on our collections and arguing constantly. Every St Pat's Day, I remember Harry, and miss him.  My wife has heard tales of Harry for almost 30 years now.  I am grateful to Stan Vandiver for the photos – now I can finally show Harry to my wife."

Source: David V. Tiffany (Guestbook Entry #347)

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