John Firmin ’38 has passed away. He led an interesting life.
Mr. Firmin joined the FBI in the summer of 1941, working in Washington, Oklahoma City, New Jersey, and New York City.
Later in life, he shared with his family stories of his experiences tracking German agents and sympathizers.
One of those stories took place shortly before the United States joined the war, when Mr. Firmin was part of a team assigned to the German consulate. The team planted an agent as the building’s incinerator operator.
Once the war started, the Germans carefully bundled up their confidential papers and took them to be incinerated. Because the papers were so tightly bound, the FBI agent was able to get them out before they burned.
Condolences to all.