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The five Sullivan brothers 'missing in action' off the Solomons; They did their part
The five Sullivan brothers 'missing in action' off the Solomons; They did their part
Resource Typeimage
TitleThe five Sullivan brothers 'missing in action' off the Solomons; They did their part
Coverage / Year1943
DescriptionPoster, color, 22 x 28 in., published by the United States Government Printing Office
InterpretationWhen the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa received the news that their friend, Bill Ball, was killed on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, they decided to enlist in the Navy. On January 3, 1942 they were sworn into the Navy at Des Moines, Iowa, after the Navy agreed to allow them to serve together throughout their military service. On November 13, 1942 they were crewmwmbers on the USS Juneau when a Japanese submarine sank their ship. All the brothers lost their lives. A few popular misconceptions continue to circulate about the Sullivan brothers and the assignnment of family member to U.S. Navy ships. The most popular of these is a reference to the "Sullivan Act" concerning family members serving in the same ship/unit. An act was proposed after the death of the Sullivan brothers, but it was never enacted by Congress. Also, no President has ever issued any executive order forbidding assignment of family members to the same ship/unit. (source: The poster depicts all five brothers, from left to right: Joseph, Frank, Albert, Madison, George. Behoind the brothers is a service flag with five stars, one for each brother. To read more information about the service flag, see the interpretation for the poster "...Because Someone Talked".
Lesson Plans / ThemesWorld War II;
Learning Standards14 Political systems; 16 History;
Author or CreatorUnited States. Office of War Information
Subject / KeywordsPatriotism; War posters, American ; World War II; World War, 1939-1945--United States ;
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library
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Resource Identifierww20056p
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