Sullivan brothers serve together in Navy

The five Sullivan brothers were born in Waterloo, Iowa and all later joined the Navy. All five were assigned to the commissioning crew of USS Juneau (CL-52) in February 1942. All were lost with her on Nov. 13, 1942, following the naval Battle of Guadalcanal, a tragedy that resulted in a new Navy policy discouraging family members from serving together in the same ship. From left in the photo are Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George Sullivan. In February 1943, the destroyer Putnam, then under construction at San Francisco, was renamed USS The Sullivans (DD- 537) in honor of the Sullivan brothers. More recently, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, DDG-68, was named USS The Sullivans and commissioned in 1997. Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith served as C.O. of the Sullivans from July 2001 to March 2003.

Photo courtesy of Naval Historical and Heritage Command

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