Sullivan, George Thomas, GM2c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1942, USS Juneau (CL-52)
Service Years
1937 - 1942
GM-Gunner's Mate
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Home Town
Waterloo, IA
Last Address
Waterloo, IA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Drowned, Suffocated
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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GM2 George Sullivan perished along with his 4 brothers, Albert, Francis, Joseph, and Madison. Collectively they are known as the Five Sullivan brothers. He was stationed aboard the USS Juneau (CL-52) during the first Naval battle of Guadalcanal. His remains were not recovered and he was later declared dead.
A few minutes after 1100 on November 13, 1942, two torpedoes were launched from Japanese submarine I-26. These were intended for San Francisco, but both passed ahead of her. One struck Juneau in the same place that had been hit during the battle. There was a great explosion; Juneau broke in two and disappeared in just 20 seconds. Fearing more attacks from I-26, and wrongly assuming from the massive explosion that there were no survivors, Helena and San Francisco departed without attempting to rescue any survivors. In fact, more than 100 sailors had survived the sinking of Juneau. They were left to fend for themselves in the open ocean for eight days before rescue aircraft belatedly arrived. While awaiting rescue, all but 10 died from the elements and shark attacks, including the five Sullivan brothers. Two of the brothers apparently survived the sinking, only to die in the water; two presumably went down with the ship. Some reports indicate the fifth brother also survived the sinking, but disappeared during the first night when he left the raft and got into the water.

Service number: 3211592

One of 5 Sullivan brothers lost when the USS Juneau was sunk, and who are the namesake for the USS The Sullivans (DD-537)/(DDG-69).
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1937, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
US NavyNaval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)
  1937-1937, USS Melville (AD-2)
  1937-1941, GM-0000, USS Hovey (DD-208)
  1941-1941, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
  1941-1942, Broken Service
  1942-1942, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)/New York
  1942-1942, USS Juneau (CL-52)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Ships named in honor of the Sullivan brothers
  May 11, 1937, Enlisted in US Navy - Seaman Recruit
  Sep 11, 1937, Advanced to Seaman 2nd Class
  Oct 16, 1939, Advanced to Seaman 1st Class
  Feb 16, 1941, Advanced to GM3
  Feb 02, 1943, Letter to Mrs Sullivan
  Sep 30, 1943, NAMESAKE - USS The Sullivans (DD-537)
  Sep 16, 1948, Post Office press release
  Apr 19, 1997, NAMESAKE - USS The Sullivans (DDG-68)
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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