NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Seventy years after five brothers served and sacrificed their lives in World War II, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum honored their memory.
The deaths of the Sullivan brothers were one of the greatest single blows suffered by any one family since Pearl Harbor and probably in American Naval history.
Monday, Ms. Kelly Ann Sullivan Loughren, granddaughter of Albert Sullivan, the youngest of the brothers, spoke at the event.
"As a little girl I knew the story of the Five Sullivans. I teach 3rd grade, and each year on Veterans Day, we watch the Fighting Sullivans, and I think it's important to talk about veterans," said Loughren.
Former U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder was also on hand along with several other veterans.
The Sullivan brothers, all of Iowa, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and were all assigned to the light cruiser USS Juneau. They were killed by a torpedoed from a Japanese submarine.