Last surviving WWII code breaker tells his war story to KREM 2 News

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 11, 2011 at 7:16 PM

SPOKANE -- The world was at war, and while the battles raged from the European Theater to the Pacific, young men were working to break secret codes of the enemy.

91-year-old Andy Albrecht was in the Philippines. His job was to learn the codes of the enemy and encrypt the language of his leader. Albercht says General Douglas McArthur asked him to set up a cryptographic unit so the enemy wouldn’t know what they were doing. 

The famous general had his team changing codes every 24 hours, but Albercht says the enemy was lazy and only changed their codes once a week. He was the youngest of his crew and now he’s the only living member of the encryption team.

Albercht happily worked 12 hour shifts for the General. He thought of McArthur as more than a general and a leader. Albercht says their relationship was more like one between father and son.

Albercht wants people to remember the past so they can plan for a better future.

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