Retired Jan. 31, 1965. Died Oct. 25, 2000.
Major General John K. Cullen was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1907. He graduated from high school in 1925 and attended the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his bachelor of science degree in 1930 and his master's degree in 1932. He served his internship at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh.
General Cullen entered the service in 1933 as a first lieutenant and was assigned as a camp surgeon in the Civilian Conservation Corps. From 1935 to 1941 he served as assistant post surgeon at Fort Logan, Colo., and at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
In 1941 General Cullen was assigned as assistant surgeon for the Second Army at Memphis, Tenn., and three years later was named surgeon. In 1945, he was assigned as deputy surgeon of the Eighth Army in the Southwest Pacific and one year later as director of public health and welfare, U.S. Army Military Government in Korea. Upon his return to the United States in 1947, he was assigned as base surgeon at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
From 1950 to 1954 General Cullen served as deputy director of plans and hospitalization, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Air Force, and two years later he was recalled to this position from his post as commander of the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Wimpole Park, England.
General Cullen was appointed director of plans and hospitalization, Office of the Surgeon General in 1957. In this position he was responsible for all phases of medical planning to support the military mission in peace and war, management and operation of the worldwide Air Force hospital system, medical logistical support, medical budgetary matters, construction and maintenance of Air Force hospitals and other medical facilities, and Air Force biometrics.
General Cullen was appointed deputy surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force Aug. 1, 1959. In April 1961, he was named surgeon for U.S. Air Forces in Europe.
General Cullen is rated as senior flight surgeon and is board certified in aviation medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (Aviation Medicine), a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, a member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the American Medical Association, Chi Rho Nu, Nu Sigma Nu, and Alpha Omega Alpha.
Bachelor of science, University of Pittsburgh, Pa., 1930
Doctor of medicine, University of Pittsburghq Pa., 1932
Medical Field Service School, Basic Medical Officer Course, 1935
Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., General Staff Course, 1943
Tufts University, School of Medicine, Refresher, Basic Sciences, 1947.
Harvard University, School of Medicine, Refresher, Internal Medicine, 1947.
U.S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, AME Course, 1947.
Oct 33 - Jan 35 - camp surgeon, Civilian Conservation Corps
Jun 35 - Mar 38 - assistant post surgeon, Fort Logan, Colo.
Apr 38 - Apr 41 - assistant post surgeon, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
May 41 - Jan 44 - assistant surgeon, 2d Army, Memphis, Tenn.
Jan 44 - Aug 44 - surgeon, 2d Army, Memphis, Tenn.
Aug 44 - Dec 45 - deputy surgeon, 8th Army, southewst Pacific
Feb 46 - May 47 - director, Public Health & Welfare, U.S. Army Military Government, Korea
Sep 47 - Mar 50 - base surgeon & hospital commander, 3450 Tactical Training Wing, Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
Mar 50 - Jul 54 - deputy director, Directorate/Plans & Hospitalization, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Jul 54 - Jul 56 - commander, 7510 USAF Hospital, Wimpole Park, England
Jul 56 - Jun 57 - deputy director, Directorate/Plans & Hospitalization, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Jun 57 - Aug 59 - director, Directorate/Plans & Hospitalization, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Aug 59 - Jun 61 - deputy surgeon general, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Jun 61 to present - command surgeon, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Lindsey Air Station, Germany
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
World War II Victory Medal
American Campaign Medal
Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze stars
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with silver star
Occupation Medal - Japan, American Defense Service Medal with bronze star,
National Defense Service Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Commendation Ribbon (Army)
Air Force Longevity Service Award with five oak leaf clusters