THE SULLIVANS DDG 68

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.


    Arleigh Burke Class (Flight I) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 27 July 1994 - Launched 12 August 1995

  1. USS THE SULLIVANS DDG-68
    Commissioned (Special) 22 November 1996
    Commissioned 19 April 1997
TheSullivans DDG68 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS The Sullivans DDG-68 Covers Page 1    (1994-2008)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Full Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDPS 2(n+)

"WE /
STICK /
TOGETHER"

1997-01-24

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 19970124 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 19970124 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"WE / STICK / TOGETHER"

1997-04-19

Bunter The Sullivans DDG 68 19970419 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter The Sullivans DDG 68 19970419 1 front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Roger A. Wentworth


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

"WE /
STICK /
TOGETHER"

2002-04-19

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20020419 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20020419 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type
2-2t(n+)
(USS,FPO
AA 34093-1287)

Missing "THE"

2000-10-05

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20001005 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20001005 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type
2-2t(n+)
(USS,FPO
AA 34093-1287)

2014-06-04

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20140604 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20140604 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet


 

Locy Type
9-2(n+)
(USS,FPO
AA 34093-1287)

2000-10-05

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20001005 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20001005 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type F
(USS,FPO
AA 34093-1287)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

2008-06-29

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20080629 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20080629 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet. Cover serviced by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type F

(Type 11
with Unit #100307)

2016-08-11

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20160811 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 20160811 1 Front.jpg

Cover by Thad Kaczkowski



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"The Sullivans Station"

Waterloo, IA

1997-04-19

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 19970419 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 19970419 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"USS The Sullivans /
DDG-68 Sta."

Staten Island, NY

1997-04-19

GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 19970419 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski TheSullivans DDG68 19970419 2 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS

 

Other Information

NAMESAKES - 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. {DANFS}

The US Navy has named two ships THE SULLIVANS - USS The Sullivans DD-537 and USS The Sullivans DDG-68.

 


 

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