Armament: four 5-inch/38 caliber guns; one
3-inch/50 caliber gun; two twin-40 mm guns; depth charges Complement: 290 enlisted; 20 officers
Fletcher Class Destroyer launched April 4, 1943 at
Bethlehem Steel Corporation, San Francisco CA.
Commissioned on September 30, 1943. Decommissioned in 1965.
USS The Sullivans, named for five brothers who lost their
lives in the Battle of the Solomon Islands when their ship
sunk, is an excellent example of the Fletcher class, the largest
and most important class of U.S. destroyers in World War II.
The Sullivans served with distinction in WWII, took part in
intense combat in the Marshalls, Carolines, Mariannas, and
Philippines, rescued many survivors from downed planes and
damaged or sinking ships, and earned nine battle stars for
The Sullivans also served in the Korean War, the Cuban Blockade and assisted in the
rescue efforts for the nuclear submarine USS Thresher.