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Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen recently announced the discovery of US Navy vessel that has been missing since November 1942. The remains of the USS Juneau come right off the heels of the discovery of the USS Lexington. However, the USS Juneau has a richer history than most people might realize thanks to a group of brothers who served about the Light Cruiser.
During WWII, the United States Navy had a policy against siblings serving in the same unit, but the Sullivan brothers refused to enlist unless they served together. Despite the rules, the five Sullivan brothers persisted and the US Navy allowed them to serve together aboard the USS Juneau.
Sadly the USS Juneau was attacked by a Japanese submarine and died as a result of injuries from the assault. However, the legacy of the Sullivan brothers endured as they were the subject of the 1944 film The Fighting Sullivans and Fletcher-class Destroyer USS The Sullivans was named in their honor.
The discovery of the USS Juneau will honor their memory and those of the other 677 sailors who lost their lives in the attack. More details on the story of the heroic Sullivan Brothers can be seen in this clip.