The Sullivan Brothers and their Family

The Sullivan Brothers and their Family

This picture of the five Sullivan brothers and their family of Waterloo, Iowa, was made shortly before their enlistment in the Navy together a year ago intent on avenging a pal killed in the Jap attack on Pearl Harbor.

The brothers served aboard the cruiser Juneau, which was sunk in the Solomons last November, and have been listed missing in action.

Back, left to right: Albert 20; George 29; Mrs George Abel, maternal grandmother, Madison 22, Joseph 23, and Francis 26. Seated left to right Albert's wife, Mrs. Thomas F. Sullivan mother, Thomas F. Sullivan father, holding Albert's baby James and Genevieve, 25, sister of the lost seamen.

According to the American Battle Monuments Commission, all five brothers perished on November 13, 1942 and are listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

Albert Leo Sullivan, Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy
George T. Sullivan, Gunner's Mate, Second Class, U.S. Navy
Francis H. Sullivan, Coxswain, U.S. Navy
Joseph E. Sullivan, Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy
Madison A. Sullivan, Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy

All were awarded the Purple Heart; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four engagement stars; American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; World War II Victory Medal; and the Good Conduct Medal.


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