Rebranded Midlothian Post Office after WWII code breaker
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – The U.S. Post Office on Sycamore Square was renamed in honor of Dorothy Braden Bruce, a World War II code breaker and former Midlothian resident on Friday morning.
Representative Abigail Spanberger’s office said Bruce served in the United States Army during World War II as a member of a top secret group of code-breaking women. His unit worked to find the locations of Japanese ships in the Pacific, intercept enemy supply movements, and protect the lives of American soldiers.
Jim Bruce, her son, said she kept all the secrets she had learned for decades.
“My mother didn’t learn that she could talk about what she did during the war until she was 97,” he said. “I mean she barely lived long enough to tell the story. Her memory was remarkable enough that the author of the book ‘Code Girls’ could validate in the official archives which had been declassified, what my mother said.
In 2019, Bruce passed away at the age of 99.
Former President Donald Trump signed the Legislature of Representative Spanberger to rename the post office into law in December 2020.