A deep-sea discovery is providing answers to a more than 75 year old mystery about the final resting place of iowa's five sullivan brothers. Alleta sullivan, left, mother of the five sullivan brothers who lost their lives in the sinking of the cruiser uss juneau, works alongside actress marlene dietrich as they serve servicemen in the. The five sullivan brothers made the supreme sacrifice aboard the cruiser uss juneau off guadalcanal by michael d hull as in thousands of other homes across america, there was an air of tension in the living room of the modest frame house at 98 adams street, waterloo, iowa, on the afternoon of sunday, december 7, 1941. The five sullivan brothers, sons of mr and mrs thomas sullivan of waterloo, iowa, probably never dreamed that their legacy to america would include an enduring example of patriotism, hollywood movies, two ships named after them, and united nations cookies.
The five sullivan brothers -- george, francis, joseph, madison and albert of waterloo, ia -- enlisted together in the us navy to avenge the death of a friend killed on the uss arizona at pearl harbor. The sullivan brothers of waterloo, iowa: a large us navy task force left new caledonia on november 8, 1942 to bring reinforcements and supplies to the beleaguered marines at guadacanal at the same time the japanese had sent a contingent of their navy to resupply their army on the other side of. The sullivan brothers' legacy continues in the 1944 movie, the fighting sullivans, as the namesake of two navy destroyers, a dod school in japan, a museum in waterloo, iowa, and countless buildings and memorials. Scott from kankakee , il the movie saving private ryan is in fact somewhat based on the sullivan brothers the govt had enacted a policy preventing the loss of an entire family because of the sullivans and as a result sent in a team to find pvt ryan.
The fighting sullivans portrays the true story of 5 brothers who fought and died together when their ship, the american cruiser uss juneau, was sunk in the south pacific during world war ii. There was nothing especially outstanding about the sullivan brothers, except their family loyalty, according to a contemporary press report about the five brothers the bonds between the. More than 600 american soldiers were killed in the november 1942 attack, including, most infamously, the five sullivan brothers the siblings, from waterloo, iowa, had requested to serve together, and their simultaneous deaths made international news after the attack.
It is a myth that following the five sullivan brothers deaths, the us government enacted the sullivan act, an act made to prevent siblings serving together on the same boat at the time of the second world war, the us navy did have a policy of separating siblings. One family lost all of their sons when the five sullivan brothers from waterloo, iowa were killed at guadalcanal on the cruiser juneau on november 11, 1942 when public sympathy swelled, the navy ruled that brothers could not serve aboard the same vessel. Among the hundreds aboard the juneau when it sank were five brothers from waterloo, iowa because they were all serving together, the sons of thomas and alleta sullivan were well known even before. Things were going well for the sullivan brothers until november 12, 1942 it was a tense night and naval fight for guadalcanal was about to begin juneau was one of the four destroyers that provided an escort for the other ships when a torpedo exploded in the engine room and juneau was put out of action.
The tragic incident caused the loss of all five irish american sullivan brothers from waterloo, iowa despite the naval policy that prevented siblings from serving together, george, frank, joseph. The story follows the lives of the five irish-american sullivan brothers, who grew up in iowa during the days of the great depression and served together in the united states navy during world war ii. The five sullivan brothers and their sister genevieve, or gen, grew up with little parental guidance, according to interviews conducted soon after the disaster and in the years that followed locals repeatedly told investigators that their father, tom, was a physically abusive alcoholic who went on benders whenever he had a couple days.
This day in the pacific - 13 november 1942 deaths of the five sullivan brothers - vol 4 no 318c we'll stick together ~ the sullivans seventy-five years ago years ago today, the uss juneau (cl-52) was sunk by submarine i-26 in the solomon sea, south-southeast of guadalcanal. The five sullivan brothers were world war ii sailors who, serving together on the uss juneau (cl-52), were all killed in action on its sinking around november 13, 1942 the five brothers, the sons of thomas (1883-1965) and alleta sullivan (1895-1972) of waterloo, iowa , were. Title they did their part--the five sullivan brothers missing in action off the solomons summary five brothers, us navy sailors, posed at hatch of ship. The five sullivan brothers, serving together, were killed in world war ii their ship was just found.