UPDATE: St. Patrick’s Day and the U.S. Navy: The Story Of USS The Sullivans (Their ship was found!)

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The five Sullivan brothers onboard Juneau (CL 52) at the time of its commissioning ceremonies at the New York Navy Yard, Feb. 14, 1942. All were lost with the ship following the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. The brothers are (from left to right): Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison, and George Sullivan. George survived Juneau’s sinking on 14 November, but died in the waters off San Cristobel Island five days later. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

We released a blog titled “St. Patrick’s Day and the U.S. Navy: The Story of USS The Sullivans” March 16, 2018, which you can read here. What follows is an update to that piece.

In a fitting tribute to their Irish heritage, the resting place of the Sullivan brothers, the wreckage of USS Juneau (CL 52), was found on St. Patrick’s Day 2018.

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, along with the crew of R/V Petrel, discovered the site on Saturday, March 17, just two weeks after discovering the wreck of USS Lexington (CV 2). The ship was found 2.6 miles below the surface, resting off the coast of the Soloman Islands.

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The USS Juneau In New York Harbor, Feb. 11, 1942. (U.S. National Archives Photo)

“I am excited to hear that Allen and his team were able to locate the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL 52) that sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The story of the USS Juneau crew and Sullivan brothers epitomize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s greatest generation,” said Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces.

USS Juneau was the ship the five Sullivan brothers served on in World War II. All five brothers perished shortly after the Battle of Guadalcanal when their ship sank. Their deaths are considered the most significant loss for any one family during World War II. To learn more about their story, and the legacy that our Navy carries on today in their honor, click here!

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The prop of the USS Juneau resting on the seafloor. (Photo by Paul Allen/RV Petrel)

 

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