Skip to comments.The FReeper Foxhole Revisits The USS Juneau and the Sullivan Brothers - June 19th, 2004
Posted on 06/19/2004 12:05:59 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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"Dear Mrs. Sullivan:
"The knowledge that your five gallant sons are missing in action, against the enemy, inspired me to write you this personal message. I realize full well there is little I can say to assuage your grief.
"As the Commander in Chief of the Army and the Navy, I want you to know that the entire nation shares your sorrow. I offer you the condolence and gratitude of our country. We, who remain to carry on the fight, must maintain the spirit in the knowledge that such sacrifice is not in vain. The Navy Department has in- formed me of the expressed desire of your sons; George Thomas, Francis Henry, Joseph Eugene, Madison Abel, and Albert Leo, to serve on the same ship. I am sure, that we all take pride in the knowledge that they fought side by side. As one of your sons wrote, `We will make a team together that can't be beat.' It is this spirit which in the end must triumph.
"Last March, you, Mrs. Sullivan, were designated to sponsor a ship of the Navy in recognition of your patriotism and that of your sons. I am to understand that you are, now, even more determined to carry on as sponsorer. This evidence of unselfish- ness and courage serves as a real inspiration for me, as I am sure it will for all Americans. Such acts of fate and fortitude in the face of tragedy convince me of the indomitable spirit and will of our people.
"I send you my deepest sympathy in your hour of trial and pray that in Almighty God you will find a comfort and help that only He can bring.
Very sincerely yours,
"/s/ Franklin D. Roosevelt"
| 'Reference to a "Sullivan Act" in connection with family members serving in the same ship/unit is a popular misconception. The Sullivan Law of 25 May 1911 is a New York City ordinance dealing with firearms. Although proposed after the death of the five Sullivan Brothers, no "Sullivan Act" was ever enacted by Congress related to family members serving together. Similarly, no President has ever issued any executive order forbidding assignment of family members to the same ship/unit.'
-- DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
You want to see a real tear-jerker, get a copy of The Fighting Sullivans. It's about the brothers growing up.
We're entertaining guests. My sister and her two kids from the city are coming down. Her son is participating in a tennis tournament.
Off to work Bump for the ol Foxhole.
Last day for the yard sale, weather guessers are saying partly cloudy and about 73degrees. YIPPEEE
Y'all have a good day now, ya here
Good Morning Aeronaut.
Good Morning E.G.C.
My mom and other two sisters are coming in for a week visit. This will be the first time all the "kids" are together in about 6 years.
Good luck, hope the weather holds out for you.
USS JUNEAU (LPD-10)
Nice feather and eagle, thanks Sam.
We'll have to rent it. I'll need a new box of tissues though.
Enjoy your family, hope the weather stays nice.
Good morning Aeronaut.
Morning alfa6. Maybe today you'll clear it all out! Good luck.
And I'm bringing a camera. :-)
Soldier stands guard at Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.
Good morning feather.
Something about the Navy. They take the history of their ships seriously. I know the Tarawa LHA-1 went to Tarawa before their mission in OIF. I expect they do that kind of thing as often as they can, at least the ships named after a person or a battle. We have enough hero's out there they should've never named them after flowers, birds or fish.
I think it's been awhile since I thanked you for serving....we don't take it for granted here at the Foshole. Thank you.
Morning U S Army EOD.
Thanks for the additional info on the USS Juneau and for sharing your personal experiences with us. I don't think I have the patience to have done your job.
Good Morning PE. Nice one today.:-)
The Juneau was one of many tragic losses. I understand they new the enemy subs were in the area too. So many tragic stories in wartime.
Thank you for sharing your EOD stories today. You guys must have nerves of steel.
Foshole=Foxhole. Geez, I'm starting to type like Sam again!
What can I say? I'm a bad influence. ;-)
On This Day In History
Birthdates which occurred on June 19:
1556 James VI of Scotland (1567-1625)/James I of England (1603-25)
1595 Wladyslaw IV Vasa, king of Poland (1632-48)
1623 Blaise Pascal mathematician/physicist/religious writer
1764 Jos Gervasio Artigas general/father of Uruguay
1764 Sir John Barrow England, founded Royal Geographical Society
1783 Thomas Sully US portrait painter (Queen Victoria)
1811 Henry Prince, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1892
1865 Dame May Whitty Liverpool England, actress (Mrs Minerva)
1877 Charles Coburn Macon Ga, actor (Acad-1943, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
1878 James M Kilroe priest of St Mary Star of the Sea, in the Bronx
1896 Mrs Simpson [Bessie Wallis Warfield), Duchess of Windsor, divorcee
1897 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz] comedian (3 Stooges)
1902 Guy Lombardo London Ontario Canada, orch leader (Auld Lang Syne)
1903 Henry Louis Gehrig 1st baseman (NY Yankees) "Iron Horse"
1908 Mildred Natwick Balt Md, actress (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
1908 Quentin N Burdick (Sen-D-NC)
1914 Alan Cranston (Sen-D-CA) Pres candidate
1914 Harry Lauter White Plains NY, actor (Waterfront)
1914 Lester Flatt Earl Scrugg's partner (Beverly Hillbillies theme)
1918 Evelle Jansen Younger prosecutor of Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan
1919 Louis Jourdan Marselles France, actor (Gigi, Can-Can, Madame Bovary)
1919 Pauline Kael movie critic (NY Times)
1921 Howell Heflin (Sen-D-AL)
1922 Aage Neals Bohr Denmark, physicist/study atomic nucleus (Nobel 1975)
1928 Nancy Marchand Buffalo NY, actress (Beacon Hill, Margaret-Lou Grant)
1932 Pier Angeli Italy (Sodom & Gomorrah, Vintage, Battle of the Bulge)
1933 Viktor I Patsayev USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11)
1935 - Tommy Devito, Montclair NJ, rock vocalist (Four Seasons-Sherry)
1936 Gena Rowlands Cambria Wisc, actress (Gloria, Tempest, Brinks Job)
1942 Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane rocker (Spanky & Our Gang-Lazy Day)
1943 Malcolm McDowell actor (Clockwork Orange, Caligula)
1947 Salman Rushdie novelist (Midnight's Children, Satanic Verses)
1949 Kathleen Turner Springfield Mo, actress (Romancing The Stone, War of the Roses)
1962 Paula Julie Abdul Van Nuys Calif, singer/choreographer (Straight Up)
1978 Garfield the Cat animated character "Big fat hairy deal"
1980 Amy Merrill, Miss Utah Teen USA (1997)
Odie was my favorite. He was such a "typical" dog.
Garfield to Odie:
"You're such a suck up!"
Dear snippy_about_it,I have been to Waterloo,Iowa a number of times to play engagements there.They have a convention center there named The Sullivan Center.
I've recently heard of this new thing called "food" it's said in "People" that it's the coming thing, and EVERYONE in hollywood is trying it, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Spider-boy went to karate lessons this morning.
What am I supposed to do again?
Oh yeah, this.
I'm SHOCKED I tell ya.
Good afternoon to our dear Polish friend. Please post pictures of the funeral if you can find them.
I hope you get your referendum.
Cool flag-o-gram, thanks PE.
Hiya Valin. Thanks for always bringing us the daily history.