Allied Warships

USS The Sullivans (DD 537)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 537 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down10 Oct 1942 
Launched4 Apr 1943 
Commissioned30 Sep 1943 
End service7 Jan 1965 

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 a Korean War deployment, the vessel 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.

Decommissioned 10 January 1946.
Recommissioned 6 July 1951.
Decommissioned 7 January 1965.
Stricken 1 December 1974.
Preserved as a memorial 21 June 1977, Berthed at Buffalo, New York.


Commands listed for USS The Sullivans (DD 537)

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1Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Mcloud Gentry, USN30 Sep 194322 Jul 1944 (1)
2Cdr. Ralph Jacob Baum, USN22 Jul 194419 Sep 1945

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