Francis Xavier Cuddy Chief Petty Officer US Navy Cryptogologist OP20G
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 Cuddy was a communications specialist in the Pacific Theater. He worked with HYPO in Hawaii. He was a talented cryptographer and part of the LCDR Joe Rochefort group responsible for the Battle of Midway victory 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 23 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.
US Navy OP-20-G Code Breakers Station HYPO
US Navy Signals Monitoring Equipment
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 Investigation for over 30 years. You can view the picture of her receiving a Silver Plate Award for her 25 years of service from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover himself. 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 buried 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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