Edward Martin Sullivan

Edward Martin Sullivan

Death 2 Jul 1944
At Sea
Burial Buried or Lost at Sea
Memorial ID 193800555 · View Source
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Edward served as the Messman, S.S. Jean Nicolet, Merchant Marines, during World War II.

He resided in West Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut prior to the war.

The S.S. Jean Nicolet was torpedoed, shelled and set on fire off Ceylon by the Japanese submarine I-8.

On board were 41 crew plus 28 US Armed Guards and 31 passengers. All were taken on board the submarine and with hands tied behind their backs, were forced to sit on deck while the Japanese sailors systematically killed many of them with bayonets and spanners used as clubs.

The submarine then crashed dived when an enemy plane was spotted. The 30 survivors were left struggling in the water.

A few managed to swim back to the burning hulk of the Jean Nicolet and launched a raft before the ship sank.

Luckily, 23 of them survived to be picked up by the Indian Navy trawler ´Hoxa´. The I-8's captain ordered that three survivors be retained as POW´s. Sadly, only one survived the war.

Edward was "Killed While A POW" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the "Mariner's Medal".

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American Merchant Mariner's Memorial
Battery Park, New York City. (Shown to left)

Dedicated to all Merchant Mariners who have served America from the Revolutionary War through the present day. In the prosecution of war and in pursuit of peaceful commerce, unrecognized thousands have lost their lives at sea. Their sacrifices have helped secure America’s liberty and prosperity. This sculpture was inspired by a photograph of the victims of a submarine attack on an American merchant ship during World War II. Left to the perils of the sea, the survivors later perished. This memorial serves as a marker for America’s Merchant Mariners resting in the unmarked ocean depths.

Dedicated October 8, 1991

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )



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