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Today is 79th Anniversary of the WW2 Sullivan Brothers Tragedy

Today is the 79th Anniversary of the WW Two Sullivan Brothers Tragedy

Sullivan Brothers Tragedy

Today is the 79th Anniversary of the WW2 Sullivan Brothers Tragedy

79 years ago the American cruiser USS Juneau was torpedoed by the Japanese Imperial Navy during the World War Two battle of Guadalcanal.

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The ship was badly damaged and sank within seconds killing hundreds of sailors, including 4 Sullivan family brothers.

About 100 survivors including a 5th Sullivan brother floated in the ocean water for a week suffering from their wounds, hyperthermia and shark attacks.

Because of a communications error, the Navy didn’t mount a search and rescue effort for more than a week.

All except 10 of the survivors floating in the ocean died including the 5th Sullivan brother.

Their parents Thomas and Alleta Sullivan are the only 5 Gold Star parents.

The Sullivans were not the only brother sailors on board the ship. At least seven sets of brothers also served on the USS Juneau.


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