|Sgt. Tom Collins of East Hampton, NY, in his|
proudly worn VFW jacket and his Bletchley
Park cap, inscribed with his WW2 nickname,
"Sam Scram". Photo by JTMarlin.
He was honored by both the British and the American Governments in that year, just before he died. Sgt. Collins was the sole technician to bring the top-secret Dragon 1 Cryptography Machine to Bletchley Park (the other two people in the plane were the pilots), Britain's cryptography center.
He trained British cryptographers and technicians how to use the Dragon 1, and stayed to take care of it and make sure it did its cryptographic job. Since his mission was top secret, he couldn't talk about it until the 1990s.
|Left side of Sgt. Tom Collins's cap|
and jacket. Photo by JTMarlin.
- In July 2009, he was awarded a UK Certificate of Appreciation and Medal for his participation in the important Bletchley Park cryptography program. The medal and certificate arrived in March 2010.
- Less than two months later, on the Friday before Memorial Day 2010, Congressman Timothy Bishop of New York's First District read into the Congressional Record a tribute to Sergeant Collins. It is reproduced below.
- His role is fully described and appreciated in a 2015 book (p. 609) about the cryptography machines at Bletchley.
Congressman Bishop's tribute was well-timed, as Sgt. Collins had the opportunity to be honored by his hometown Legion and VFW Post at the 2011 Memorial Day services.