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ststes iisml destroyer. sus so t'oe me rwaied tugrw destroyer
ues 'AWD M9995 Q59 '5x5S3-91985, it was an egdarieoce lived, s-usfed
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his o se, tus subabo deployment oi Destroyer Division 202 to
dismsilt duty surely seded ss s- er to our country 995 to
tue -.to-rid t t the xivited Sta-tes gfissesses in its destroyer 'iorce
stfoveot or ustiouel- uoiicg which is -,33W'i una 994936.
o sooo t0 'oe forgotten is the spirit which prevail-ed
t o out our ship on de?sr"'ure 59 April ..-an eaaefoess from
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The Sullivan Brothers-
joseph, Francis, Albert,
Madison and George
"WE STICK TOGETHER . . . "
Of the many tragedies that emerged from World War II, none touched the hearts of the American people
as did the story of the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa. It was in November, 1942, that a stunned
nation heard the shocking news that all five of the Navy's most famous brother team had been killed in action
during the sinking of the cruiser USS Juneau in the Battle of Guadalcanal.
The Navy was quick to honor the spirit of the five Sullivans. When President Roosevelt heard of the loss,
he wrote in a personal letter to the mother of the five boys: "I am sure that we all take pride in the knowledge
that they fought side by side. As one of your sons wrote, 'We will make a team together that can't be beat.'
It is this spirit, which, in the end, must triumph."
It was not long before that "spirit"-this time in the form'of a 2,100 ton Fletcher class destroyer-was
again in the thick of the Pacific sea drama. On April 4, 1943, USS The Sullivans, built by Bethlehem Steel,
sponsored by the parents of the Guadalcanal heroes, was launched at San Francisco.
The World War II record of The Sullivans lists nine star engagements. Beginning with the invasion of the
Marshalls, the ship participated in every major phase of the Pacific campaign through the bloody Battle for
Okinawa. On January 10, 1946, The Sullivans joined the "moth-ball" fleet on the West Coast.
In 1951, out of retirement and into the Korean War, she lived up to her old record and was one of the
bulwarks of the Navy's Seventh Fleet in the Orient. Returning around the world from Korea in 1952, The
Sullivans joined with the other ships of her division-Destroyer Division 202 ofthe Atlantic Fleet Destroyer
Force-on routine training operations.
She made several trips to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean between 1952 and 1956, but it wasn't un-
til April, 1956 before she was once again called upon to proceed to a troubled area. This time, the Middle
Throughout her longnand glorious history, The Sullivans has established herself as one of the leading war-
ships in the world. There is little doubt that the inspiration behind this amazing record has been the constant
efforts of a ship's company, which, like the Five Sullivan brothers, has always lived under the motto: "We
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Even Mess Deck Intelligence didn't get the word about the April
15 departure until late in the afternoon of April 12. And at that
time, only the shrewdest potato peeler was Willing to say exactly
where he thought we were going. There wasn't much to go on,
It was on a Thursday afternoon, after four days of type training in
the Narraganset Bay Op areas, when we were hustled alongside of
Destroyer Pier One to get ready for "distant duty." This sudden alert
came as quite a surprise to a ship which had been expecting nothing
more than routine training for the next three months.
In any case, there Wasn't much question that something important
was about to happen to us. We quickly-and cheerfully-took on fuel
and supplies for a long trip. Many long hours were spent on working
parties and the ship looked like a meeting place for tender workmen
As the newspapers began to tell the story, it became apparent that
the "distant duty" would be in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
The Navy Department announced its decision to send a division of
Eliestroyers to the Med to "broaden the Sixth Fleet." We were that
When we left in a blaze of headlines on the morning of Sunday,
April 15, it was with the kind of fanfare that is usually reserved for
The day started with a dockside reception for a large crowd of
relatives and friends who came to see us off. Official good wishes
were delivered to us in person by ComDesLant, ComDesFlot Two,
ComDesRon Twenty and ComDesDiv Two Hundred and Two. The
DesLant band was on the pier to give us a musical salute.
Shortly after eight o'c:lock, the McNair was underway. We "two-
blocked" the shamrock, cast off all lines and waved goodbye to our
loved ones on the pier. We were on our way.
What was our mission? We weren't certain. As always, we knew we
were to be the representatives of our Navy and Our country in
foreign lands. It became more and more obvious that those foreign
lands would be in the Middle East, a portion of the world which
had been disturbed by the increasing complexity of world events.
As we started on that long haul "across the pond," we turned for
our last look at old "Conus" and felt the mixed emotions that come
when sailors lift anchor and put the bow seaward.
It was mysterious, indeed. We didn't know exactly where we were
going. We didn't know when we were coming back. And we didn't
know why we were going. But we knew that something was out there
on the horizon and we were eager to find out what it was.
We found out.
ar!-ons OE: USN
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LCDR. J. T. HINE, USN
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THE CHIEF S
A. M. CLASPELL, FPC R. SCHOLTEN, MMC G. M. HIGGS, EMC
G. MERCEDES, BMC A. G. BARNEY, GMC
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Kneeling-J. P. Kearns. First row-J. O. Jones, D. A. Teel, T.
Owens, T. E. Bogeman, P. Romeo, R. G. Murphy, T. J. Holt, Ir.
Second row-N. L. Moloci, H. J. Chiles, L. R. Coleman, R. E.
Aubrey, W. L. Marlow, V. W. Jones, R. A. Donne.
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Woods. First row-P. Buttler, H. O. Whitaker,
J. M. Russell, E. F. Piotrkowski, M. F. Davis, J. B.
Casano, B. R. Rogers, H. W. Lowery. Second row
-C. C. O'Bannion, R. Randolph, P. W. Gerulski,
A. T. Simpson, K. D. Lamb.
Kneeling-J. A. Proffitt, J. E. Myers, K. Hottenstein, D. Wilson,
E. J.,Wilser, R. E. Woods. Fin! row-J. C. Merritt, R. M. Dumas
R. Rouselle, A. N. Morris, R. C. Gilbert, I. N. Jones, B. Pi.
Webber, M. C. Root. Second row--I.. J. Kalvig, H. D. Pickard,
J. A. Brugman, C. D. Carter, T. M. Mims, J. P. Roach, R. K.
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Assistant Gunnery Oiiicer
"Go get 'ern, Gunners."
Only 6,71 3 miles to Delaware
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"OI" DIVISION: I
Kneeling-G. C. Hebert, N. B. Smith, D. D. Oberlin. First row,
Standing--J. M. Devins, J. C. Iones, R. G. Eisenbach, J. C. Mejia.
Second row-O. B. Ewing, R. C. Comeau, W. F. Tabak, W. C.
Unangst, J. M. Spencer, D. W. Smith.
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McGovern, R. Robin.
MORE "S" DIVISION:
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Stirring up a Wicked brew.
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Our first stop was a quickie. After we had crossed two thirds of
the Atlantic, we tied up at little Ponta- Delgada in the beautiful
Azores, an island group owned by Portugal..
The liberty bell rang loudly for some, especially for those who
were setting foot on foreign soil for the first time. With its quaint
houses and tasty Portugese wine, this little island was a welcome
sight after 7 days at sea.
We "topped off" and headed for Gibraltar.
British Crown Colon
just as Europeans look on with awe as they pass the Statute of
Liberty, we were pop-eyed when that huge old "Rock" loomed out
of the early morning haze. Gibraltar was the great convincer. When
we saw her, we knew we were back in the "Med."
Some of us took the "Rock tour" and got an ape's eye view of the
inside of that great British fortress. Others enjoyed the liberty offered
in this Spanish-type community. Most of us spent some time and
money in the many shops which offer excellent merchandise.
And most of all, we bought plenty of cigarette lighters. Some of
them had pictures of the Rock of Gibraltar. Others had slightly
The majestic beauty of ancient Athens was a sight to behold when
we pulled alongside the Tidewater on May l. From the architectural
perfection of the Acropolis to the splendor of the old Corinth market-
places, Greece was filled with the culture of her Golden Age.
Piraeus, the Port of Athens, and Athens itself were the scenes of
some gay liberty parties. We piled into the modern tour coaches and
listened attentively as the guides told us about their country.
Some of us were invited to an Easter Sunday celebration-Greek
style. There was the usual folk dancing and the people were dressed
in colorful outfits. The Greeks celebrate their Easter in much the
same fashion as we celebrate the Fourth of july. It was, as we say,
quite a blast.
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Suez Canal will agree that the long 11-
hour passage is far from picturesque.
With the exception of one or two
monuments, a few oasis towns and an
occasional signal station, there is nothing
but a sandy mass of desert on either side
of the 103-mile stretch of water.
But as the ship moves along at the
7-knot speed limit, you can't help but
be impressed by the "Big Ditch." There
is an atmosphere of excitement in the
air and you suddenly understand that
you are truly between two worlds. Be-
hind is the modern magnificence of the
West. Ahead is the splendor and mys-
tery of the East.
Joining the Mediterranean with the
Red Sea, the Suez Canal has a minimum
width of 196 ft. 10 in. and a maximum
draft for vessels of 55 ft. It was begun
in April, 1859, by a French corporation,
under Ferdinand de Lesseps and opened
Nov. 24, 1875, at which time Britain
obtained control by purchasing 3520 mil-
lion in stock from the Suez Canal Com-
As we returned from our cruise, own-
ership of the canal was the subject of
bitter controversy. In a bold move,
Egyptian President Nasser announced
that his country had "nationalized" the
Suez and Egyptian troops seized the
strategic canal. The canal was to have
reverted to Egypt in 1968.
In any event, it is certain that the
Suez will always be the major link
between East and West. Those of us
who made the Middle East cruise will
always remember June 10, 1956, as the
daY We passed through one of the
world's most vital waterways.
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Post OHice in Massawa.
Mr. Parker and the Ethiopian "Midies."
The World Atlas describes Massawa as the hottest and most humid
place in the world. And who are we to argue with the World Atlas?
Massawa is the largest coastal town and the major Redd Sea port
of Eritrea, a small country located on the East Coast of Africa along
the Red Sea. Occupied by Italy during a large portion of World War
II, Eritrea is now annexed to Ethiopia, which is the oldest Christian
country in the World.
During our stay in Massawa we played host to 38 cadets from the
Imperial Ethiopian Naval school, who Went on a 1-day "Middie
Cruisev with us.
Looking back, We can say this much for the quaint little native
village of Massawa: "Man, it was real warm."
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Very few of us had ever heard of Djibouti. Most of us still can't
pronounce it Cjib oo teej. But now we can saythat we've been there.
Located on the'East Coast of Africa just below the southern entrance
to the Red Sea, Djibouti is the leading city of French Somaliland.
Like the other tropical ports, Djibouti was a steamer. The ther-
mometer nearly broke while we were there and the humidity was
higher than Chief A1kire's golf game.
We were surprised by some of the modern buildings and the hustle
and bustle of this predominantly Arabic town. We were not sur-
prised by the pleasant way we were received by the French. But most
of all, we remember the evenings at the pier in Djibouti, drinking
some of that beer we onloaded in Massawa.
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Chief Gunner's Mate Barney. He was sort of th.e King of
the sunltanset. Moloci, down in the bottom right corner,
ran a close second.
Tropical routine took up the better part of the day in
the Red Sea. We knocked off ship's work at 11:30 and
never did really get hustling again until the next morning
at 5 o'clock. It was during those off hours that we tried
to beat the heat.
This was done in several ways. Some, like Gilbert in
the lower left corner, swung a hammock on the main deck.
Others, like Mejia in the upper right corner, just relaxed
'in one of those lounging chairs we bought in Greece. The
clowns took advantage of tropical routine for a few laughs.
Look at the way Murphy and Suggs are handling poor little
Chiles in the upper left corner.
Good old tropical routine. Plenty of sun. Plenty of laughs.
Plenty of sleep. What a great life under the canvas. You
never know when you're well off, they say.
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"It looks like a tanker from here."
Bahrain lies oil the Arabian Coast
in the Persian Gulf. An indepen-
dent Arab state, Bahrain is under
British protection. Its chief source
of income is from the oil fields
which stretch along the interior
of the 35-mile island.
HMS Jufair, the British Naval
Base, was our major recreation
area. There were plenty of laughs,
but the big laugh was on the
officers who were "edged" out by
"C" Division, 17-5, in the World
Series of the cruise.
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with bargains from east and west
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into the British protectorate at
the southern end of the Red Sea.
The chief commercial center
of the Arabian peninsula, Aden
had many things to offer. But
most of all, :ye liked it because
it was our last stop before pro-
ceeding back up the Red Sea and
out of the frying pan.
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Marmaris Liberty: Beer, Boats and Boards.
Alexander the Great Slept Here.
Marmaris, Turkey was our first lib-
erty stop after that long month in the
tropics. Located about 30 miles north
of the Island of Rhodes on the Turkish
mainlarsd, Marmaris is a tiny pictur-
esque village. Its 1,000 inhabitants make
their living off of the sea and the small
patches of farm land nearby.
The people of Marmaris were ex-
tremely friendly. Most of our liberty
hours were spent on the beach we called
"Ledo Beach." Horseback riding was
the chief form of amusement for those
who wanted to show the townspeople
what a real American cowboy looks
The British were able to hold off
Rommel in Tobruk for many months,
so having taken the German's worst,
they were ready for The Sullivans' best.
One of the three important towns in
Libya, Tobruk still shows the scars of
World War II when itwas the princi-
pal battlefield of the North African
We flocked to the beaches at Tobruk
for liberty during the warm days Csee
next pageh. In the evenings, we went
to the British garrison and "had a few"
with our British friends. As usual, the
British were excellent hosts and they
helped make our stay in Tobruk a
When we left Tobruk We knew that
we were going to be heading in the
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stuffed with the meat of our cruise-the Middle East-but We were
ready for dessert. And Royan Was a candy-coated one, at that.
Expecting to Hnd just a small fishing village, We were amazed
when we saw the modern up-to-datefcity that is certainly one of
France's finest resort areas. Completely rebuilt since its destruction
during the war, Royan is an ideal holiday center. Several ultra-
modern hotels face the five beaches which make up its shore-line.
The city itself has excellent recreation facilities, eating places and
even a boardwalk. A
We were in Royan as the U. S. participant in the Royan Sea
Festival and We shared the spotlight with a French escort and a
Among the hundreds of persons who visited the ship was Ameri-
can Ambassador Douglas Dillon, who complimented us on our
"smart appearance." Some of us marched in a parade and we all
enjoyed the events that went along with the Sea Festival.
As you can see by the pictures on this page, the scenery was
Vive La France! !
Visitors. They say 60 million Frenchmen can't be wrong. We say
that 1,500 Fren h ' " ' '
c men cant visit a ship in two afternoons. But
out to see "The Sull ee vons." They were wearing everything from
berets to bare knees. As always, the ship looked excellent but even
the best looking ship can be improved with the addition of pretty
girls walking around its decks.
everything from fishing boats to peddle boats visitors swarmed
come aboard and see the wonders of a modern man of war. In Royan
it was good to have them aboard.
where the ship may be people are always eager to
Captain Spielman Signs the Guest Log.
The Captain presents a 'i'SulliVans" Platlue to
Royan's Deputy-Mayor Max Brusset. Looking
on is Ambassador Dillon.
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Our reason for being in Royan was to participate in the Sea
Festival. Shown on these pages are some of the oflicial functions
of the festival.
The entertainers at the right performed at a folk festival. Above,
sailors in the French Honor Guard "take a break."
Below, the French Skipper comes alongside to make an official call.
These young dancers, performing at a folk fes-
tival, danced an original ballet tribute to the
British, French and American naval forces.
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watching. The anxious moments when nothing can be seen and
the far-off noise-of brass bands indicates that the marchers are on
their w . Th ' '
ay e excitement when they round the bend. And the thrill
as the colors go by.
In Royan We had a parade. In honor of the French who were
k'l1 d ' ' ' '
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final day, We marched side by side with the British and French sailors.
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morial to the war dead. And then the bands played, the children'
cheered and we marched down the streets of Royan.
Later in the day, hundreds of fishing boats paraded at sea during
the Benediction of the Sea. This was the climax to our stay in France.
An American army band sounded the notes of a quiet hymn as
the procession moved slowly out to sea.
After the parade we started on our last liberty night before re-
turning to the States. There was good reason to celebrate.
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Number One line was thrown high into the air at 1342 on the
afternoon of Tuesday, 31 July 1956. It landed on the deck of the
USS Lewis Hancock, moored outboard in a nest of four destroyer-5
at Berth 141, Destroyer Pier One, Newport, R. I.
The quartermaster sounded a sharp blast on his whistle, colors
were shifted, the officer of the deck shifted his watch tothe
We were home.
Having steamed 30,000 miles, operating off of four of the world's
seven continents in the 107 days since our April 15 departure,
we were finally relieved of the anxiety which is so characteristic
of the waning days of an overseas deployment.
The quarterdeck scene was a familiar one to those old-timers
who had seen many other Sullivans' homecomings. There was the
joyous reunion with the relatives and friends who were waiting on
the pier. In one corner, a sailor hugs the girl he had married only
a few days before the start of the cruise. In another corner, a
young father sees the baby who was born while he was in Djibouti.
Little boys and girls cling to the big brothers who the hav '
seen in four months, A large crowd of neatly dressed men surround
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It is-as expected-a happy day.
And when the shouting and fanfare has died down, we commit
to memory the happenings of the past four months. All done with
the knowledge that the experiences of our Middle East cruise will
be good sea-story material for many a day.
There will always be the story of that sudden departure and
the excitement which went along with it. The quickie stop in the
Azores, was for some of us the first visit to foreign soil. And then
there was the great adventure of having seen "the Rock" forthe
first time when we steamed into Gibraltar.
Athens, with its ancient beauty, was perhaps the most cosmopoli-
tan stop on our itinerary. Emphasized by its present importance in
world affairs, the Suez Canal will probably always be looked upon
as a highlight of the cruise.
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But there isn't much question about the period of our cruise
which we will never forget. The Red Sea. The Persian Gulf. From
the Suez to Bahrain we saw the people of the Middle East at work
and play. We saw their modern palaces, their crude homes, their
sandy wastelands, their huge oil centers, their funny-looking camels,
their poverty stricken beggars, their bargain-giving merchants.
We shared their fantastic temperatures and climate, When it
gets a little unpleasant in the summertime now, we can always
cool off as we remember the month when the thermometer didn't
know how to go below 100 and the humidity was much the same.
After the Red Sea, there was Marmaris, Turkey, with its quaint
people and fast horses. There was Tobruk, Libya, with its desert
battlefields and war-scarred ruins.
And then Royan. Royan, with all the excitement and enjoyment
Of a gala Festival of the Sea. Wine, women and song as it can only
be found in France. Indeed, a highlight of what had by that time
become a long, hot cruise.
If "getting there is half the fun," then getting back may very
well be the other half. In any event, here we are. Back in old
continental U.S.A. Mfe are told that our appearance in the Middle
East and our representation of our country and Navy abroad
were consistant with the reputation we have always enjoyed on
For our part, we will always look back with delight upon the
days when we steamed together in the spirit of comradship which
through all time has been a characteristic of the men who sail
the ships at sea.
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a dockside band, four battle-tested destroyers sailed fol' lug? ndsed T615-lpoijfas-Z
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,if er One at Coddington Cove,
mhe ships had been docked.
mstroyer tender Arcadia sup-
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