Historic Highlights, Featured Figures, Artifacts, and Exhibits that relate to this event.
Enforcers of the SeasRum War ExhibitCurtailing illegal alcohol smuggling during Prohibition would become the largest law enforcement mission in the Coast Guard's long and storied history.
Elizebeth Smith Friedman"Cryptologist-in-Charge"During Prohibition, Elizebeth Friedman led a small Coast Guard cryptologic team that cracked codes sent from rumrunners operating off U.S. shores.
Enigma MachineCG Heritage Asset CollectionDuring Prohibition, Coast Guard cryptographers cracked codes sent by rumrunners who used this sophisticated cipher machine.
CodebreakingProblem-SolvingFind a message embedded within a virtual panel. Once found, visitors will be able to unravel an historic cipher once cracked by Elizebeth Friedman.
So little was known in this country of codes and ciphers when the United States entered World War I, that we ourselves had to be the learners, the workers and the teachers all at one and the same time.
– Elizebeth Friedman, Coast Guard Codebreaker