Was watching Saving Private Ryan tonight and thought of "The Fighting Sullivans", which my mother made me watch when I was very young. Still watch it to this day, it I ever see it on. Because it was Memorial Day, I think they deserve their due along with MANY others. The five Sullivan brothers were World War II sailors who, serving together on the USS Juneau (CL-52), were all killed in action on its sinking around November 13, 1942. The five brothers, the sons of Thomas (1883–1965) and Alleta Sullivan (1895–1972) of Waterloo, Iowa, were: George Thomas Sullivan, 27 (born December 14, 1914), Gunner's Mate Second Class (George had been previously discharged in May 1941 as Gunner's Mate Third Class.) Francis "Frank" Henry Sullivan, 26 (born February 18, 1916), Coxswain (Frank had been previously discharged in May 1941 as Seaman First Class.) Joseph "Joe" Eugene Sullivan, 24 (born August 28, 1918), Seaman Second Class Madison "Matt" Abel Sullivan, 23 (born November 8, 1919), Seaman Second Class Albert "Al" Leo Sullivan, 20 (born July 8, 1922), Seaman Second Class As a result of the Sullivan brothers, the U.S War Dept adapted the Sole Survivor Policy. "The Sole Survivor Policy or DoD Directive 1315.15 "Special Separation Policies for Survivorship" describes a set of regulations in the Military of the United States that are designed to protect members of a family from the draft or from combat duty if they have already lost family members in military service. Thought of the Sullivans when I saw this scene from Saving Private Ryan tonight. A mother should never have to go through that.