Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Friday Five: "We stick together!"

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.

Only one of the brothers, Al the youngest, was married. His son Jimmy was 22 months old at the time of Al’s death. His widow Katherine Mary remarried but had no more children. Al’s granddaughter, Kelly Sullivan Loughren, accepted the invitation to be “sponsor” of the third USS The Sullivans commissioned in 1997.

Visit these linked sites for more information:

Movie trailer 

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. 

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