U.S.S. “The Sullivans” archive

On November 13, 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, the U.S.S. Juneau was sunk by a Japanese submarine, killing all five Sullivan brothers, the largest loss of a single family during WWII. The loss would lead to the signing of the Sole Survivor Policy, still in effect today, which protects members of a family from being drafted or from combat duty if another family member had previously been killed in action. It is said that some shrapnel recovered from the site of the Juneau’s sinking was used in the building of the U.S.S. The Sullivans, the first ship to be named after more than one person. The brothers are, from left to right, George (28), Francis (27), Joseph (24), Madison (23) and Albert (20).