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The second world WAR code breaker buried in Nebraska with the BRITISH military honor

This undated Watters family photo via the Omaha World-Herald shows Col. John Watters and his wife, Jean Watters, on their wedding day. Jean Watters was buried Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Nebraska with the British military honor for a secret for decades: her World War II service as a codebreaker of the German intelligence communications. The tribute honored Watters for her role in decoding for a top-secret military program, under the leadership of the British mathematician Alan Turing, who was the subject of the 2014 Oscar-winning film, “The Imitation Game .” She was 18 when she enlisted in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. She and her husband are in the US in 1969. (Family photo via the Omaha World-Herald via AP)

OMAHA, Neb. – A 92-year-old woman is buried in Nebraska with the British military honor for a secret for decades: her World War II service as a code breaker of the German intelligence communications.

The Union Jack is draped over Jean Briggs Watters’ coffin during her funeral on Monday, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Watters died Sept. 15.

The tribute honored Watters for her role in decoding for a top-secret military program, under the leadership of the British mathematician Alan Turing, who was the subject of the 2014 Oscar-winning film “The Imitation Game .” Watters was among about 10,000 people, mainly women, who participated in the Allied effort to crack German communication codes during the war.

They operate an electro-mechanical device , known as a “bombe,” to decipher the signals of the German armed forces sent by her sophisticated enigma encryption machines. The effort in Britain’s famous codebreaking center, Bletchley Park, saved many lives and helped to put an end to the war. But it was kept classified until the 1970s.

“She has never told anyone,” said Watters’ son, Robin. “She was fully aware of the severity of what she was doing. It was terrifying to her, what would happen if they made a mistake.”

Jean Briggs Watters was 18 when she enlisted in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. She had attended an art school in Cambridge, England, before joining the Allied war cause.

She met her husband, a us Army Air Corps pilot named John Watters, during the war and they married soon after. She and her husband are in the US in 1969.

Watters was placed Monday in a funeral plot next to her husband, who died in June at the age of 101.

“She had a seriousness, and a sense of duty,” Robin Watters said. “She was a very special woman. But she was tough. They did the difficult things.”

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