Be a good American citizen... but don't forget your heritage.
Francis Xavier Cuddy
Susan's story was not complete without including her husband Frank Cuddy. Frank was also in the US Navy and a code breaker. He spoke Japanese fluently. He was very much in love with Susan and willing to go against the ban on interracial marriages at the time in Virginia and Maryland. In 1947 Frank and Susan could not get married in a church in any state near where they worked for the National Security Agency and Naval Intelligence. They had to go to the Navy Chapel in Washington DC where there was no law banning their marriage. They Bought a house in Virginia and lived their lives ignoring the racist rules. During WWII he was a communications specialist in the Pacific Theater. He was a talented cryptographer and was part of the group responsible for the Battle of Midway and shooting down Yamamoto's plane over the Solomon Islands. He was stationed in Yokosuka in the 1950's. He worked with the National Security Agency. Frank served in the Navy for 33 years and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Susan and Frank never had any problems talking about their work because they were in the same business with the same high security clearance. More to come soon...
A friend of Susan's son makes these custom teak flag boxes. Her son purchased one for Frank's flag. These are made from the actual teak deck of the USS California. Frank was sent to Pearl Harbor after the attack. It's a very well built and very special way to honor and remember her husband.
Teresa L Cuddy - Frank's Sister
Teresa L. Cuddy
Teresa L Cuddy and her brother Frank grew up in Washington DC. She also worked for the US Government like Frank and Susan. She was an Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investogation for over 30 years. You can view the picture of her receivng a Silver Plate Award for her 25 years of service from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover himslef. She served the US Government in the State Department in Germany - living in Bonn for many years. She was fluent in German. She retired to the Southfield, Detroit area and recently passed away there. She is burried next to her mother in Baltimore, Md.
J. Edgar Hoover giving Teresa recognition for her 25 years of service with the FBI
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