A sad story that inspired a nation.
A US destroyer, named after five Irish-American brothers who died in the Second World War, visits Castletownbere in Cork in 2003 .
In Saving Private Ryan four brothers were lost in battle and a fifth, the youngest, was located behind enemy lines and hauled home.
But real life is always harsher than the Hollywood version. When the USS Juneau was torpedoed by the Japanese in the South Pacific in 1942 all five of the Sullivan brothers lost their lives. And, even though one of them survived on the surface for three days, the rescue operation came too late to bring him home. There was no 'Saving Private Sullivan'.
The Sullivans were a working-class Irish-American family of five boys and one girl from Waterloo, Iowa. They were descended from a young couple, Tom and Mary Bridget O'Sullivan, who left the Beara Peninsula, the very shadow of Hungry Hill, in 1849 at the height of the famine. Growing up, the five boys - George, Frank, Eugene, Matt and Al - were notorious rascals who graduated into a rough and ready band of brothers not to be messed with. Their father, Tom, a grandson of the Beara emigrants, was a quiet man.
In his book We Band of Brothers: The Sullivans and World War ll, John Satterfield tells the story of how, as children, the boys found an old boat on the river bank, plugged its leaky holes with mud and set off for their first adventure on the water. As the boat began sinking in the middle of the river four of them swam to safety, leaving toddler Al clinging to what remained of the wreck until nearby adults came to his rescue. Grandma Abel, a great believer in the value of family, was outraged by the abandonment of Al and the punishment was harsh. In future, they learned, they were to stick together no matter what.
* George Sullivan: George was the eldest and leader of the pack. He was a light-hearted rogue who was often in trouble. He was the last to die, some three days after the Juneau sank.
* Frank Sullivan: A more serious character than his older brother, Frank was a keen boxer and a good seaman. He was promoted in the Navy.
* Eugene Joseph Sullivan: The middle son, Eugene (sometimes known as Joe), brought his Irish heritage in his genes and was nicknamed 'Red' because of his red hair and freckles. Motorbiking was his passion.
* Madison 'Matt' Sullivan: Matt was the quietest of the five and the most like his father. He loved music, was sought after by girls as a great dance partner and left a fiancee after him.
* Albert Sullivan: A lovable charmer, Al, the youngest, was 17-years-old when he married Katherine and 18-years-old when their baby, James, was born. He died at the age of 20.
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