The Remarkable Life of "Tex" Biard, North Dallas High Grad and WWII Codebreaker
|Forrest "Tex" Biard|
In a 2002 speech about his experiences as a codebreaker, Biard, then 90 and living in Highland Park, spoke at great length about why his unit "detected absolutely no warning of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor"; he also discussed his role in breaking the code that led to the Allies discovery of a pending attack on Midway.in June 1942. Which is but one highlight among many, including his tenure working for Gen. Douglas MacArthur's intelligence center in Brisbane (mentioned in the book Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan) and his post-war decision to pursue his master's degree in physics at Ohio State, which landed him the job as operations officer for the first hydrogen bomb test in 1952. According to the obit, visitation takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home and Cemetery; he will then be buried, at later day, at the Arlington National Cemetery.