After Pearl Harbor, Hollywood went to war along with America’s fighting men. Though many male “stars” joined various branches of the military, others—men and women—worked in documentaries as well as fiction films to buoy the nation’s resolve to win.
The Fighting Sullivans (1945) tells the true story of five brothers who enlisted together on the condition they could stay together. And stay together they did. None survived the sinking of the U.S.S. Juneau in November 1942. Each has a cenotaph at Arlington National Cemetery.
Genevieve Sullivan, the boys’ sister, joined the WAVES following her brothers’ deaths.
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Transcript of a documentary about the Juneau
Home of the Heroes
The Sullivan brothers are not alone in their sacrifice. Thirty-three sets of brothers are buried in the cemetery at Normandy as well as one father and son.