USS THE SULLIVANS
The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park opened on June 30,
1979. It is home to the only guided missile cruiser open to the public,
USS Little Rock, CLG-4, the destroyer USS The Sullivans (DD-537) and the
submarine USS Croaker (SSK-246).
USS The Sullivans History
USS The Sullivans was launched in San Francisco on 4 April 1943. The
ships namesake, the five Sullivan brothers, enlisted in the Navy and served
together aboard the light cruiser USS Juneau. On 13 November, 1942 while
fighting off Guadalcanal, the five brothers died along with 700 other sailors
when the USS Juneau was sunk by a Japanese submarine. President Roosevelt
directed that one of the new Fletcher class destroyers then under construction
be named after the five brothers. She was sponsored by their parents Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas F. Sullivan. She is the only Navy destroyer ever named after
more than one person.
The Sullivans was designated a National Historical Landmark by the
Department of the Interior in 1986. More than 55,000 people annually come
to Buffalo to tour the Naval Park.
Take this short virtual tour of a Fletcher -- your mind won't realize that
you aren't on the Stoddard.