This ship was named for the five Sullivan bothers who enlisted together with the stipulation that they all serve on the same ship. They were assigned to the USS Juneau, a cruiser, and all five were killed when the Juneau was sunk by the Japanese on November 13, 1942, during the Battle for Guadalcanal.
The brothers' parents learned of their deaths on January 12, 1943. That morning, the boys' father, Thomas, was preparing for work when three men in uniform – a lieutenant commander, a doctor and a chief petty officer – approached his door. "I have some news for you about your boys," the naval officer said. "Which one?" asked Thomas. "I'm sorry," the officer replied. "All five."
Once aboard, we roamed the ship, taking plenty of pics.
Combat Information Center. This is where aircraft and other surface ship are monitored and from where targeting information is sent to the guns.
One of the 5"/38cal guns that the ship was originally launched with. Post-war modifications saw one of them removed in the 1950's.
Inside one of the 5" turrets.
Shell handling space below one of the turrets.
Junior Officers' quarters.
Galley, and the life-blood of the military.
View of the bridge via a porthole.
Hedgehog anti-submarine launcher.
Conventional depth charges in racks on the stern.
Torpedo launcher, Mark 32. These were a 1960's add-on.
20mm anti-aircraft guns. As built, the ship had seven. POst-war changes reduced it to four.
Twin-mount Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun.
A couple of deck shots taken from the adjacent USS Little Rock.
This ship is 376 feet long, 39 feet wide, and displaced 2,050 tons. She had a crew of 329. 175 of these were built during World War Two. 19 were sunk and most of the rest were subsequently scrapped or given away to other countries later. Only four survive as museum ships today, including USS Kidd in Baton Rouge, LA and USS Cassin Young in Boston. The fourth is ex-USS Charrette, given to Greece and preserved there today as HNS Velos.
This is a wonderful ship, masterfully preserved.