RV Petrel-Discoverer of the USS Juneau Presentation


November 13, 2019

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
503 South Street
Waterloo, IA 50701

Pat Kinney (email)

The public is invited to explore the sunken remains of the ship on which Waterloo's five Sullivan brothers served and died -- through the camera lens of one of the crew which discovered it.

Paul Mayer of the Research Vessel Petrel, which discovered the wreckage of the USS Juneau on St. Patrick's Day 2018, will deliver a video presentation and answer questions from the public.

Mr. Mayer will deliver his presentation on the 77th anniversary to the day of the Juneau's sinking.

In March 2018, the crew of the RV Petrel, an initiative of late Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, discovered the wreckage of the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Juneau in the South Pacific at the bottom of Ironbottom Sound near Guadalcanal, where it was sunk during World War II. George, Francis, Joseph, Madison and Albert Sullivan of Waterloo, Iowa served and died as a result of that sinking, along with nearly 700 shipmates; only 14 sailors survived.

Mayer is a researcher and the pilot of the Petrel's remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, which found the Juneau, as well as the sunken remains of several other World War II ships.

The Museum is offering the program free of charge, but free-will donations are being sought to build a permanent Museum exhibit to display the Petrel's USS Juneau's footage, in memory of the Sullivans and their shipmates. None of the survivors are still living. Members of the Sullivan family will be in attendance.