Sullivan, Francis Henry, COX

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Last Rank
Coxswain
Last Primary NEC
COX-0000-Coxswain
Last Rating/NEC Group
COX
Primary Unit
1942-1942, COX-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
Service Years
1937 - 1942
COX-Coxswain
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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Waterloo, IA
Last Address
Waterloo, IA

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1937-1940, S1c-0000, USS Hovey (DD-208)
  1942-1942, COX-0000, USS Juneau (CL-52)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
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Last Known Activity

COX Francis Sullivan perished along with his 4 brothers, Albert, George, 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.
   
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