Sunday, November 11, 2007


Five Brothers enlisted in the Navy to serve in World War II to with the desire to form an unbeatable team. They perished. In response and in their grief the family responded by continuing to support the war effort. The mother visited more than 240 defense plants to urge workers to produce at the ultimate pace. Their sister enlisted and became a recruiter, actually telling of her siblings sacrifice to successfully challenge young Americans into the war effort.

There are streets and buildings in Waterloo which continue to proudly bear the name "5 Sullivan Brothers."

On this Veterans' Day, take a look at President Roosevelt's letter and remember when the future of the world really did hang in the balance and Americans virtually all pulled in the same direction.

Thank You, brother and sister vets. May this country bless you as you blessed it with your courage, skill and loyalty.

"Dear Mrs. Sullivan:

"The knowledge that your five gallant sons are missing in action, against the enemy, inspired me to write you this personal message. I realize full well there is little I can say to assuage your grief.

"As the Commander in Chief of the Army and the Navy, I want you to know that the entire nation shares your sorrow. I offer you the condolence and gratitude of our country. We, who remain to carry on the fight, must maintain the spirit in the knowledge that such sacrifice is not in vain. The Navy Department has in-
formed me of the expressed desire of your sons; George Thomas, Francis Henry, Joseph Eugene, Madison Abel, and Albert Leo, to serve on the same ship. 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.

"Last March, you, Mrs. Sullivan, were designated to sponsor a ship of the Navy in recognition of your patriotism and that of your sons. I am to understand that you are, now, even more determined to carry on as sponsorer. This evidence of unselfish-
ness and courage serves as a real inspiration for me, as I am sure it will for all Americans. Such acts of fate and fortitude in the face of tragedy convince me of the indomitable spirit and will of our people.

"I send you my deepest sympathy in your hour of trial and pray that in Almighty God you will find a comfort and help that only He can bring.

Very sincerely yours,

"/s/ Franklin D. Roosevelt"


At 4:44 PM, November 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all of us who have family member who served with honor.

At 5:03 PM, November 11, 2007, Blogger UMRBlog said...

You have it backwards, thanks to them and to you.


At 10:18 AM, November 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and remember when the future of the world really did hang in the balance and Americans virtually all pulled in the same direction.

Are you saying that those who are paying the ultimate price in Iraq today are somehow less honorable?

At 10:47 AM, November 12, 2007, Blogger UMRBlog said...

No. And no reasonable reading of what I wrote can yield that meaning.

Also, it's pretty obvious you know nothing about me. The sacrifice of everyone who takes one step forward then sacrifices on the orders of CIC is beyond honorable, bordering on sacred.

Please take your trolling for a current events debate somewhere other than this thread.


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