In the spring of 1942, a College of Charleston student by the name of Mary Croghan was called, along with a few of her female classmates, to the president’s office in Randolph Hall. There they learned they had been selected to serve in a top-secret capacity amid the United States’ growing involvement in World War II. Telling anyone of their duties, the young women were told, would carry a heavy penalty.

Later in life, Mary Croghan Ramsay ’42 would entertain her family and friends with larger-than-life stories of her work transcribing encrypted codes. The veracity of her seemingly incredible claims was always shrouded in mystery – until now.

BY MAURA HOGAN ’87
PHOTOGRAPHY BY REESE MOORE
ILLUSTRATIONS BY MAX MILLER ’02