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Hello:
My father was on Okinawa, another brother was in Anzio, and a third brother was killed at Tarawa. They were all in war zones during WW ll. What can you tell me about the Sullivan brothers? I was speaking to an older man about the war, and he mentioned after the Sullivan brothers, brothers could not serve together? Anyone know what he meant?
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Steve,

The Sullivan Brothers home town is Waterloo, Iowa. Here is a little history on them .

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Bill:
Thanks for the information. That is so sad. As a parent I can only imagine the heart ache the parents went through. I need to rent the movie if they have it. On a personal note,my grandmother even though she lost a son in the war, was very proud of her boys, and our country. My grandparents were not born in America, they did become American citizens. My elderly aunt told me that my grandmother worried everyday when they were away. When she got the news that one of her boys was killed, she said she was never the same. She mentioned she had stars in the window when her boys were in the service, and also helped out in the war effort in other ways. My father would never talk about his experiences. All, he ever said was when kids get out of high school, they should go into the service for at least two years, as it would help most of them.
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Hi!
My inlaws live in Cedar Falls IA, and is a ten minute drive from the Sullivan Brothers museum. Nice museum for a small town. A good "one tank" trip if you're close enough. -powderburn
 

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I live in Waterloo, Iowa, and we also have a Sullivan Center named in there honor.

Losing 5 sons all at one time really had to have hurt. I can't really imagine the grief that the parents must have suffered through.

I put up another URL above for anyone who would like to read about them.

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So my understanding is after the Sullivan brothers were killed, no two or more brothers or sisters can serve in a war zone in the same unit or on the same ship?
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Steve,

Here is more info. You can click on the nine references for added info also.
 

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It use to be common for family members to serve in the same unit. As I recall several family members were killed with Custer at the Big Horn.
 

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After WW11 family members serving, even in the same theatre, was restricted. About 1990 when the fiasco in the desert started, that restriction was thrown out with the garbage, now.... moms, dads, sons, daughters, siblings are all fair game.

It used to be referred to as, the "Sullivan Act"....I'm not sure if that is the correct name, but nonetheless.
 

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If you research the Bedford Boys from Bedford, Va. you will feel the same respect and admiration you feel for the Sullivans. Bedford is a small farm town in the foothills of Virginia. Before WWII, many of the boys joined the National Guard to help raise money for their families. By some quirk of fate, their unit ended up on Omaha Beach on D-Day.
 

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WS-1, thanks for mentioning the Bedford Boys. I had never heard of em until I read your post, then I went and did some research. Heart breaking.
 

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A movie tribute was made about them in 1944 titled "The Fighting Sullivans".
 

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There were similar large scale losses with the 37th Division. There are small towns scattered through out Ohio, that have monuments recognizing the loss of the majority of their younger male generations to WWI and WWII. Some communities were really hit hard.

They also have the most MOH Recipients for any division.
 

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shot410ga- Yes, several members of the same Indian families were killed at the battle known as the Little Bighorn.

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Pat: Do you know that for a fact? Names, tribes? I would like to look that information up. Have you done the research?
 

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shot410ga- No, I have not research the specific question but Indians typically clustered into smaller family groups. Their primary allegiance was to these groups and not to the larger tribe. Many groups of the same tribe had difficulty commentating with each other. Several of the "tribes" were designations made up by the military and not the Indians.

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