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"If you were ever seen reading a Russian magazine, you would have been reported." (Video Interview, Part 1, 8:48)

   Judy Reed Russell
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Judy Reed Russell [2004]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Air Force
Unit: Department of Cryptography
Service Location: Vietnam; San Antonio, Texas
Rank: Sergeant
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When Judy Reed enlisted in the Air Force, her motivation was noble (to serve her country's effort in Vietnam) and her ambition modest (to finance her college education). What she didn't count on was qualifying for duty in a cryptology unit. Though she never left the U.S., she was well aware of the tension and pressure of working in a high-security environment. With the help of the G.I. Bill, she fulfilled her lifelong ambition to become a nurse, and she has continued to do volunteer work at a veterans' clinic.

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