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USS THE SULLIVANS (DD-537)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIDU

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SILVERSMITH

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. October 10 1942.
Launched April 4 1943 and commissioned September 30 1943.
Decommissioned January 10 1946 and recommissioned July 6 1951.
Decommissioned January 7 1965.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Preserved as memorial June 21 1977, Berthed at Buffalo, New York.

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The five Sullivan brothers all hailed from Waterloo, Iowa. George Thomas (born 14 December 1914) and Francis Henry Sullivan (18 February 1916), the two oldest, enlisted in the Navy on 11 May 1937 and served in the destroyer Hovey (DD-208) into June 1941. At Des Moines, Iowa, on 3 January 1942, George and Francis—accompanied by their younger brothers Joseph Eugene (28 August 1918), Madison Abel (8 November 1919), and Albert Leo (8 July 1922) reenlisted to avenge the loss of Seaman 1st Class William V. Ball, of Fredericksburg, Iowa, a friend who had been killed in the battleship Arizona (BB-39) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. After instruction at the Naval Training School, Great Lakes, Illinois, all five brothers, at their expressed request (“We will make a team together that can’t be beat,” one had written), joined the light cruiser Juneau (CL-52) at the New York Navy Yard on 3 February 1942. Commissioned on 14 February 1942, Juneau initially served in the Atlantic but was transferred to the Pacific in August. Late in October, she took part in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands and, on 12 November, fought in the fierce night battle off Guadalcanal. In that action, a torpedo severely damaged the ship. The following morning, the crippled cruiser, down by the bow and struggling to make 18 knots, retired from the battle area. Handling sluggishly as she limped through the glassy-calm sea, Juneau presented a tempting target for Japanese submarine I-26 which lurked nearby. One torpedo, or possibly two, hit the damaged cruiser forward and detonated her magazines. The resulting violent explosion tore the ship apart, and she went down in just 42 seconds. Four of the Sullivans -- Coxswain Francis Sullivan and Seamen 2d Class Joseph, Madison, and Abel -- failed to make it topside in time to abandon their doomed ship. Gunner’s Mate 2d Class George Sullivan, wounded during the 12 November night action, managed to get over the side and pull himself onto a raft, but died of his wounds a few hours later. Only 10 of the approximately 140 men thought to have survived the immediate sinking were rescued. The Sullivans’ surviving sister Genevieve enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Specialist (Recruiter) 3d Class, and, along with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Sullivan, visited over 200 shipyards and manufacturing plants to encourage the workers there.Steven A. Cardali
The Sullivans 82kArtist's conception of The Sullivans as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
The Sullivans 73kUndated, location unknown.-
The Sullivans 107kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
The Sullivans 62kUSS The Sullivans (DD-537) tied up to mooring buoy, date and location unknown. She makes a good example of the Measure 22 Graded System's distinctive form of tonal separation at a level sheerline (USN courtesy of Floating Drydock). Photo and text taken from Naval Camouflage 1914-1945, by David Williams.David Buell
The Sullivans 70kUndated image of the USS Hobby (DD-610) and The Sullivans (DD-537) foreground. In the background can be seen two unidentified US destroyers whilst the hospital ship USS Bountiful (AH-9) received casualties from the carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17). Photos from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 146kUndated, location unknown.Evin Garretson Werner
The Sullivans 113kUndated, location unknown. Official US Navy photo taken from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of the World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 147kUndated, injured personnel of USS Houston are transfered from USS The Sullivans to USS Boston.Tommy Trampp
The Sullivans 164kUndated, as a Memorial in Bufalo New York.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
The Sullivans 99kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
The Sullivans 145kThe launching on April 4 1943.David Buell
The Sullivans 84kBethlehem Steel San Francisco photo from 1943.David Buell
The Sullivans 74kOctober 1943, location unknown.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 79kThe USS The Sullivans in San Francisco Bay, 12 October 1943. At this time, she is carrying Measure 11 (overall Sea Blue 5-S). The cylindrical objects on the aft stack and the directo tower aft are Mk 49 directors, which were eventually replaced by the more effective Mk 51. Antennae for SC-2, SG, and TBS are visible on the foremast; while the Mk 37 director mounts a Mk 4 radar (USN).Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 81kUSS The Sullivans (DD-537) underway off Ponape, 2 May 1944. U.S. Navy photo. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) image # 80-G-376088.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 71kUSS The Sullivans (DD-537), foreground, as she screens the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), which has just been hit by two Japanese suicide planes within 30 seconds of each other, on 11 May 1945. The Sullivans later picked up 166 members of the carrier's crew when fire forced them overboard. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 80-G-274264.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 103kUSS Bountiful (AH-9) taking casualties on board from USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) on 12 May 1945, one day after the carrier was devastated by a kamikaze attack. USS The Sullivans (DD-537) is in the foreground. Photographed by PhoM2/c F. W. Pataye, USN of Commander Service Squadron 6. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-350765).NHC
The Sullivans 70kAs above, USS Hobby (DD-610) and The Sullivans (DD-537) foreground. In the background can be seen two unidentified US destroyers whilst the hospital ship USS Bountiful (AH-9) received casualties from the carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17). Photos from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 59kThe Sullivans at Mare Island on 28 August 1945. She is moored off the south end of yard for propulsion testing. This area is used since it has better water (less mud and not as brackish) for the operating boilers.Gerd Matthes/Darryl Baker
The Sullivans 62kAs above.Darryl Baker
The Sullivans 70kUSS The Sullivans at Mare Island Navy Yard, 28 August 1945. USN photo. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) image # BS 89115.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 184kThe USS The Sullivans (DD 537) off Mare Island on August 28, 1945. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
The Sullivans 102kNavy Photo 6273-45, forward plan view of USS The Sullivans (DD 537) at Mare Island on 30 Aug 1945. The USS Gansevoort (DD 608) is to the left, while in background are (left to right) USS Ellet (DD 398), USS Owen (DD 536) and USS Miller (DD 535). The Sullivans was in overhaul at the yard from 9 July to 2 Sep 1945.Darryl Baker
The Sullivans 136kNavy Photo 6274-45, aft plan view of USS The Sullivans (DD 537) at Mare Island on 30 Aug 1945. The USS Gansevoort (DD 608) is to the left.Darryl Baker
The Sullivans 94kCirca 1950, USS The Sullivans (DD-537), USS Rooks (DD-804) and an unknown oiler.David Buell
The Sullivans 33kRecommissioning, July 6 1951Larry Laflamme
The Sullivans 24kRecommissioning, July 6 1951Larry Laflamme
The Sullivans 118kUSS The Sullivans (DD-537) being recommissioned out of the Pacific Reserve Fleet on 6 July 1951. Four of her sisters are still in mothballs in the background, awaiting their turn (Treasure Island Museum-SFCB). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 156kView of the USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) and USS The Sullivans (DD-537)from the 1952 Korean Deployment from Ellen's fathers collection.Ellen Kazimer
The Sullivans 141kPhoto #: 80-G-478507, USS Ajax (AR-6) tending destroyers and patrol vessels at Sasebo, Japan. Photo is dated 14 December 1952. Ships nested along her port side include (left to right): USS The Sullivans (DD-537); USS McGowan (DD-678); USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) and Korean frigate Imchin (# 66, ex USS Sausalito, PF-4). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
The Sullivans 116kUSS Ajax (AR 6) tending destroyers and patrol vessels at Sasebo, Japan. Photo is dated 14 December 1952. Ships nested along her port side include (left to right): USS The Sullivans (DD 537); USS McGowan (DD 678); USS Lewis Hancock (DD 675) and Korean Frigate Imchin (PG 66), (ex USS Sausalito (PF 4).Joe Radigan
The Sullivans 121kUSN photo, #483374, dated June 4 1953, location unknown.David Buell
The Sullivans 101kOur Navy Magazine, Mid-March 1954.Stanley Svec
The Sullivans 260kBoston Naval Shipyard, December 22 1961© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 71kBoston Naval Shipyard, December 29 1961© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 73kBoston Naval Shipyard, December 29 1961© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 114kPhotographed while passing astern of USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) on 29 October 1962, Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
The Sullivans 98kUSS The Sullivans (DD-537) photographed from USS Grand Canyon (AD-28), at sea off Newport, Rhode Island, 29 October 1962. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
The Sullivans 147kThe Sullivans searching for the USS Thresher (SSN 593) on 11 April 1963. The photo is from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
The Sullivans 188kAP NEWSFEATURES photo of August 1963 taken from USS Randolph (CVS-15). David Buell
The Sullivans 179kJuly 1976 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
The Sullivans 225kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
The Sullivans 235kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
The Sullivans 86kBeing towed to Buffalo July 2 1977.Marc Piché
The Sullivans 28kAs above.Marc Piché
The Sullivans 80kAs above.Marc Piché
The Sullivans 47kExternal views of The Sulivans as she appeared September 14, 2002 as a Memorial in Bufalo New York.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 56kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 51kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 49kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 66kInterior view of After Steering.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 63kInterior view of the Galley.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 44kInterior view of the Pilot House.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 72kInterior view of Radio Central.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 46kInterior view of Secure Radio.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 39kInterior view of the Wardroom.© Richard Leonhardt
The Sullivans 61kSeven external views of The Sulivans as she appeared in May 2009 as a Memorial in Bufalo New York.Larry Backus & Kathryn Lee Huculak
The Sullivans 79kAs above.Larry Backus & Kathryn Lee Huculak
The Sullivans 68kAs above.Larry Backus & Kathryn Lee Huculak
The Sullivans 70kAs above.Larry Backus & Kathryn Lee Huculak
The Sullivans 83kAs above.Larry Backus & Kathryn Lee Huculak
The Sullivans 91kAs above.Larry Backus & Kathryn Lee Huculak
The Sullivans 74kAs above.Larry Backus & Kathryn Lee Huculak
The Sullivans 173kUSS The Sullivans as Memorial at Buffalo, New York, on 22 September 2013.Robert Hurst
The Sullivans 50kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS THE SULLIVANS DD-537 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Kenneth McLoud Gentry    Sep 30 1943 - Jul 22 1944
CDR Ralph Jacob Baum    Jul 22 1944 - Sep 19 1945
LCDR Robert Richard Dupzyk    Sep 19 1945 - Jan 10 1946
(Decommissioned Jan 10 1946 - Jul 6 1951)
CDR Ira Manning (Ace) King    Jul 6 1951 - Aug 6 1952
CDR Albert Peter Scott    Aug 6 1952 - Nov 15 1953
CDR Charles Koll Holzer    Nov 15 1953 - Aug 1 1956
CDR James Samuel Spielman    Aug 1 1956 - Dec 1957
CDR James Dunbracco Nickerson    Dec 1957 - 1959
CDR Joseph Cave Berriman    1959 - 1961
CDR Francis H. Stubbs Hall    1961 - 1963
CDR Kendall John Chapman    1963 - Jun 1964
CDR Leo Bruce Warring    Jun 1964 - Jan 7 1965
CDR Ben Taylor Sanders    Jan 7 1965 - Mar 30 1965

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Henrickson
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E-mail: carman537@aol.com


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