The Five Sullivan Brothers
The five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa were serving together aboard the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52). On Friday, November 13, the Juneau along with a number of other U.S. warships, became involved in a series of fierce day and night actions with Japanese warships in the battle for Guadalcanal. In one of those battles, the USS Junea was crippled by a torpedo blast. While heading to a naval base for repairs, a Japanese submarine fired a torpedo into the Juneau, causing her to sink in a matter of seconds. Four of the Sullivan brothers went down with the ship; one brother, George, survived but was then lost at sea. The Sullivan brothers are part of Waterloo's and the nation's history. Their supreme sacrifce will never be forgotten.