USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) is named to honor five brothers from Waterloo, Iowa who served together on the USS Juneau during World War II. The Sullivan brothers: George, 28; Francis, 27; Joseph, 24; Madison, 23; and Albert, 20; lost their lives during the Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942. They were adamant about serving together in spite of the Navy wartime policy to separate family members. This was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II. USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) was christened and is sponsored by Kelly Ann Sullivan, granddaughter of Albert Sullivan. The ship was commissioned on April 19, 1997.