George, Frank, Joe, Matt and Al …

by Tonawanda

… aboard the USS Juneau, November 13, 1942, when a Japanese torpedo struck near the ammunition hold.


“The brothers’ parents were notified of their deaths on January 12, 1943. That morning, the boys’ father, Thomas, was preparing to go to work when three men in uniform – a lieutenant commander, a doctor and a chief petty officer – approached his front 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.‘”

The Sullivans.