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Brothers’ tragedy leads to policy change




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The recent news accounts about talk show host Ed Sullivan and the English group known as “The Beatles” stirred up my memory about another Sullivan name from World War II.

Newspaper and magazine articles and radio accounts at that time shared the terrible tragedy of five U.S. Navy sailors who were killed when the Navy ship they were serving on was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat (submarine). The sailors killed were named Sullivan.

The tragedy led to the creation of a policy that no more than one family member could serve in the same unit. Also created was the stipulation that the single male member of a family would not be drafted. He could voluntarily enlist.

Rudy Elizondo is Julia Castro’s nephew and formerly of Floresville.
 

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