Lynchburg native recognized for being a 'code girl' during WWII

Dorothy Braden Bruce (Randolph College)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg native and Randolph College Alumna Dorothy Braden Bruce is in town for a college reunion, but it's her background that makes her story intriguing.

Her service during the World Ward II helped provide the American forces with information in the Pacific Theater of War.

She served as part of a classified group during the war.

During the war, she left her job as a teacher to take what was called an unspecified government job and she worked to break Japanese codes.

Even then, Bruce said she knew the level of danger and risk her job demanded as they would work all hours of the day and night to try and help Americans win the war.

It was a secret she had to keep for decades.

She wasn't able to tell anyone until the details became declassified in the last few years.

During her time of service they quickly learned how the Japanese prepared for battle.

"There was a big build up around the shores of Japan," said Bruce. "The messages where flying and that's when we realized something was going on."

After the war, she would go on to marry and move to Richmond, where she still lives today.

Now in her early 90's she still keeps her cards tight to the vest about her days being a code breaker.

She will be honored by Randolph College as their Alumnae Achievement Award winner Saturday.

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