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 John Cornelius Cullen

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John Cornelius Cullen

  • Birth 2 Oct 1920 Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 29 Aug 2011 Chesapeake, Chesapeake City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Columbarium 7 UU-24-3
  • Memorial ID 75888017

BM1C, US Coast Guard, World War II.
While on patrol on the eastern Long Island shore near Amagansett on June 13, 1942 and in a dense fog, Seaman Cullen encountered four Germans who had landed from an off shore U-Boat-Cullen informed his superiors and this in turn lead to the FBI apprehension of not only these four but also an additional four Germans who had landed in Florida-two of the Germans cooperated with the FBI which also aided in the capture of all of the Germans and spared these two from eventual execution. The German mission was to commit sabotage throughout the United States. The trial of the eight Germans resulted in a famous and seminal U.S. Supreme Court constitutional law case in Ex Parte Quirin (317 US 1, 1942), in which the jurisdiction of a United States military tribunal over the trial of the German saboteurs was upheld. The eight Germans involved were: Ernest Peter Burger (1906-1975), George John Dasch (1903-1992), Herbert Hans Haupt (1919-1942), Heinrick Harm Heinck (1907-1942), Edward John Kerling (1909-1942), Hermann Otto Neubauer (1910-1942), Richard Quirin (1908-1942), and Werner Thiel (1907-1942). After the Supreme Court ruling in July, 1942, six (Haupt, Heinck, Kerling, Neubauer, Quirin, and Thiel) of the eight Germans were executed by electrocution on August 8, 1942 in the Washington D.C. district jail. Because of their cooperation, Dasch and Burger were sentenced to be imprisoned with lengthy terms but were later deported to West Germany in 1948 after serving less than six years.
John Cullen was the son of Michael and Margaret Cullen.

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