The picture of the five Sullivan brothers who perished
aboard the USS Juneau never fails to move
me. Their ship was torpedoed near Guadalcanal the night of 12 November 1942. Seriously
damaged but still seaworthy, she was later hit by another submarine-launched torpedo. This
time the damage was catastrophic. Her magazines exploded and she sank in 20 seconds. There
were only 10 survivors. Subsequent to her loss the US Navy changed its rules governing
family members serving aboard the same ship.
These National Archive photos show USS
Juneau, a cruiser of the Atlanta class, during her short career which
started at her October 1941 launching and ended in late 1942. Especially noteworthy is her
striking paint scheme.
USS Juneau CL 52
Displacement: 6,718 tons, 8,340 tons full load
Length: 541.5' oa, 530' wl, Beam: 53'
Armament: sixteen 5" (8x2), sixteen 1.1" ( 4x4)
Range: 8,500nm @ 15kts
Torpedoes: eight 21"
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