Agnes Meyer Driscoll
The house at this address, 110 South State Street, was the childhood home of Agnes Meyer Driscoll (1889- 1971). Known as “the first lady of naval cryptology,” her career spanned from World War I to the Cold War. Driscoll attended Otterbein University before graduating from the Ohio State University, with majors in physics, math, music and foreign languages. During World War I, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a civilian yeoman, the highest rank possible for a woman at the time. After the war, Driscoll rose to become the chief civilian cryptanalyst for the U.S. Navy, breaking major Imperial Japanese Navy codes prior to World War II.
Before and during World War II, Driscollís code breaking efforts compelled the redesign of the North Carolina class of American battleships, gained advantages that would help win the Battle of Midway, and, overall, compromised Imperial Japanís naval operations. She was also recruited to help break the German Enigma code system. After the war, Driscoll worked on projects involving the Soviet Union for the Armed Forces Security Agency, later the National Security Agency, until she retired in 1959. Known as “Miss Aggie” or “Madame X,” she is interred at Arlington National Cemetery and was inducted into the National Security
Erected 2017. (Marker Number 123- 25.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 7.38′ N, 82° 55.824′ W. Marker is in Westerville, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Westerville Rd (Ohio Route 3) and West Plum Street, on the right when traveling north on Westerville Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Westerville Public Library and the Anti-Saloon League Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 S State St, Westerville OH 43081, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Westerville (a few steps from this marker); Stoner House (within shouting distance of this marker); Heritage Green Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ľ mile away); Temperance Row Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of Benjamin R. Hanby (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Russell Hanby (approx. 0.4 miles away); Otterbein College (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westerville.
Additional keywords. Code Breaking
Categories. • War, Cold • War, World I • War, World II • Women •
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