Class: Fletcher Destroyer
Launched: April 4, 1943
At: Bethlehem Steel Corporation, San Francisco, California
Commissioned: September 30, 1943
Length: 376 feet, 5 inches
Beam: 39 feet, 5 inches
Draft: 19 feet
Displacement: 2,100 tons
Armament: four 5-inch/38 caliber guns; one 3-inch/50 caliber gun; two twin-40mm guns; depth charges
Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park
One Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, New York 14202
Fax: (716) 847-6405
Latitude: 42.8776470449, Longitude: -78.880470137
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USS The Sullivans is named for five brothers who lost their lives in the Battle of the Solomon Islands when their cruiser, USS Juneau (CL-52) was sunk. She is an excellent example of the Fletcher class, the largest and most important class of U.S. destroyer in World War II, forming the backbone of destroyer forces throughout the war.
The Sullivans served with distinction in World War II, taking part in intense combat, rescuing downed aviators, and earning nine battle stars for her service.
After deployment in Korea, the Cuban blockade, and the rescue efforts for the sub Thresher, she was laid up. Acquired by the City of Buffalo, The Sullivans is displayed on the city’s lakefront with USS Little Rock, USS Croaker, and an array of aircraft and military vehicles.
USS The Sullivans is a National Historic Landmark.