SILENCE MEANS SECURITY RELEASED


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I am very pleased to announce that SILENCE MEANS SECURITY is now available on Amazon.com in paperback and kindle versions. Soon to be released on Barnes & Noble website.  Check out the book website at http://www.barbaranicodemus.com

Barbara Nicodemus, Daughter of a SIGINT WAC

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SILENCE MEANS SECURITY

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SILENCE MEANS SECURITY, Secrets of a WWII Code-Breaking WAC, the title of my upcoming book scheduled to be released this Fall.  The title was taken from this SIS poster which hung in US Army Signal Intelligence offices throughout the world during WWII

Barbara Nicodemus                                                                                                                       Daughter of a SigInt WAC

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I have a Publisher!

Contract

Today, I received a signed agreement with Moonshine Cove Publishing LLC, to publish my book, Secrets of a SigInt WAC. I begin the process to ready my creative nonfiction for publication. I am filled with gratitude that this incredible untold story of the code breaking WACs in the Pacific will reach the printed page. The publisher has placed the tentative publishing date as Oct 7, 2015. Amazingly, this is the date of my first grandchild’s first birthday.

Barbara Nicodemus
Daughter of a SigInt WAC

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Secrets of a SigInt Wac Draft 4 Completed!

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My Writing Desk

After my cousin, Karen read the 2nd draft of a book I am writing based on my mother’s service in the Southwest Pacific during WWII, she said, “You will have at least 7 drafts, Barbara Sue.” Deflated I didn’t think I would finish a 3rd. But today, I completed draft 4 including a major rewrite of Part One and minor rewrites with some editing of the other 3 parts. I feel I may be ready to query in hopes of finding a literary agent, editor or publisher to help me tell this fascinating unknown story of code breaking WACS of the Greatest Generation.

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Star-Spangled Girl Only 19 When She Enlisted

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Ninety years ago today, Billie Jean Edwards was born in Lubbock, Texas. October 1943 only 19 years old, she walked into an Army Recruiting office in Beaumont, Texas. Knowing you must be 21 to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps, she told the recruiter she was born in 1923 making her 20 years old. They bent the rules a bit and took her. The only problem, she needed two relatives to swear to her birthday. The persuasive young women talked her two sisters in to signing the affidavit.

Knocking the top off the AGCT and Intelligence Tests, she was selected for Special Services. Volunteering to go to the Pacific, she found her way into the Signal Intelligence Service where she served in a select all women’s cryptologic field unit under the command of Cpt. Margaret Turner. When asked by her daughter how she became a cryptologist, she said, “On the job training.” Billie Jean got her training at Ascot Park Brisbane, Australia.

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Age 21, Both photographs taken the same day in Brisbane, Australia while on leave

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Honoring 3 Fine Ladies on Memorial Day

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WAC Pals, Corky, Vivian & Nicky bonded at Fort Dix and volunteered to go to the Pacific.

‘First station at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Arrived December 24, 1943 where I met my two best buddies Agnes Bard “Corky” and Vivian Paruta. We were to see each other off and on until the end of the war’ – T/5 Billie Jean Nicodemus “Nicky” taken from her WIMSA memorable experience.

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LOOK Magazine, March 21, 1944 U.S. WACs Holiday in Canada

While at Fort Dix, Agnes Bard, ex-school teacher from Buffalo NY and Pat Davis from Chicago won a Second Service Command essay contest on “Why the WAC Needs You.” The prize was a four-day vacation to Montreal and St. Adele Lodge as guests of their Canadian counterparts, the CWACs, who had already held a similar contest, with a trip to New York by their winners. Corky would serve in General MacArthur’s stenography pool in Brisbane, Manila and Tokyo.

Vivian Purata from Paterson NJ was one of the first women to sign up for the Women’s Army Corps after the disbanding of the Auxiliary Corps. She joined 120 Women to serve in the newly formed NY Company. A college graduate disillusioned with not being able to find a teaching job, she enlisted after her brothers were drafted. She wrote in her memoir, If they had to do it, then I had to do it too. Nicky and Vivian would reunite in Hollandia, New Guinea where Vivian served in the Advanced Echelon under Captain Juanita S. Stryker, Commander of the 5205th WAC Det. Vivian would be the first of 12 WACs to accompany Captain Stryker to Tacloban, Leyte to help set up a Signal Intelligence office after Gen. MacArthur recaptured the Southern Philippines.

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One Last Stop – The National Archives College Park

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The snow didn’t stop us from our final day of research. First we acquired our research cards by watching a video on how to treat and protect the records. Modern Military records including the WWII collection is housed in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/. Come step into the Archives with us and experience the excitement of a good find.

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Up to the 4th floor and into the Microfilm Research Room, where I left Pook to search WAC motion picture film and video recordings.

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On the 2nd floor in the Textual (Page) Records Room, I requested military records for the 1:30pm pull. Under the listing History of WACS in the Southwest Pacific Area in Box 2683, I found documents with Chronological Dates of Importance for the WACS in SWPA, a good find. But just wait it gets better.

Barb Archive Box 2

Back at the Microfilm Research Room, I found Pook hard at work. With the help of research staffers, Jim and Rob, she requested films covering my mom’s trajectory in her overseas service from Fort Oglethorpe to Australia to Hollandia, New Guinea to Manila, Philippines. Pook lifted this amazing still from a video of a double decker camouflage troop bus in Australia filled with WACS. Could it be the same bus that transported Nicky?

The BUS

Thanks to the magic of Pook, I would like to share some archival footage with you.

WAC training at Oglethorpe

WACs shopping and walking through bombed out Manila

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