Alleta Marie <I>Abel</I> Sullivan

Alleta Marie Abel Sullivan

Iowa, USA
Death 22 Apr 1972 (aged 77)
Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 9476117 · View Source
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Folk Figure. She was one of America's most famous patriotic mothers. Her five sons, the Sullivan brothers died when their ship, the "USS Juneau" was sunk off the Soloman Islands in 1942. During the war, she and her husband toured the country making speeches for the war effort.

Mom Of 5 Sullivan Boys Dies
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP)—Alleta M. Sullivan, 77, mother of the five Sullivan brothers who died when their warship sank during World War 11, died here Saturday following a stroke.
When the USS Juneau was sunk off the Solomon Islands in November 1942, her sons—George, 29; Francis, 26; Joseph, 23; Madison, 22; and Albert, 20, went down with the ship. They had enlisted in the Navy shortly after the outbreak of the war and had asked that they be allowed to serve together.
Their death were a major reason for a later Navy policy prohibiting all the sons of a family from serving on the same ship

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