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Tiffin native, World War II cryptology hero to be honored at Seneca County Museum




Marion Cramer. (Contributed Photo)

Tiffin, Ohio — The Seneca County Museum is proud to announce a special program dedicated to recognizing the exceptional accomplishments of Marion Cramer, a native of Tiffin and graduate of Calvert High School.

Cramer played a pivotal role in World War II naval intelligence and cryptology, and his contributions will be commemorated during an event on Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. The program will take place at the Seneca County Museum located at 28 Clay St.

Cramer, a patriotic individual, answered the call of duty following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941. Serving in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946, Cramer’s dedication and service were conducted under a veil of secrecy. Even his wife, Agnes, and their children, Ann and Mark, remained unaware of the nature of his contributions during the war.

It was only after Marion Cramer’s passing that his family discovered the truth about his extraordinary service as a cryptologic officer in Washington, D.C., and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His mission involved deciphering Japanese encoded messages as part of an ultra-secret assignment. The importance of his work in communications intelligence during World War II cannot be overstated.

To shed light on Marion Cramer’s remarkable story, the Seneca County Museum has invited Master Chief Intelligence Specialist Andrew T. Jones, a retired member of the US Navy and a dedicated museum volunteer, to deliver a captivating account of Cramer’s service and the efforts in World War II communications intelligence.

“Master Chief Jones brings a wealth of knowledge and personal insight, making this event an opportunity not to be missed,” said Museum Director Theresa Sullivan.

The community is encouraged to join the Seneca County Museum on Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m., for an afternoon filled with history, admiration, and the celebration of a local hero.

The event is open to the public, and all community members are invited to attend. This unique gathering offers a chance to honor the memory of Marion Cramer and gain a deeper understanding of the invaluable contributions made by individuals like him during World War II.

For further information about this event, please contact the Seneca County Museum at (419) 447-5955.

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