The Fighting Sullivans: A Reminder From History To Be Thankful

Good morning!

The other day, I was talking about my memories of Thanksgiving when I was a kid.

One that I didn’t mention was something I did with my dad for many Thanksgivings – watch The Fighting Sullivans.  I used to watch a lot of old movies with my dad and this is one of my favorites.  So much so, that I bought the DVD a handful of years ago so that my family could watch it and appreciate this bit of history.

The Fighting Sullivans


It is a true story about five brothers, Albert, Francis, George, Joseph, and Madison, from Iowa who served together in the United States Navy during World War II.  They were all assigned to the USS Juneau – at their request – and all perished when the ship was attacked.  Not only is it a piece of history, it is a portrait of family, honor and service that is gut-wrenching, yet heartwarming. 

Young Fighting Sullivans


It was this tragedy that resulted in the United States’ change in policy that would no longer allow siblings to serve in the same military unit, or on the same ship. 

This is a letter from their mother, Alleta Sullivan, attempting to confirm the deaths of her sons:

Sullivan Letter


This movie was usually on television on Thanksgiving or the days leading up to it, hence my association with the holiday. If you have not seen it, you must. 

It is a wonderful story that not only reminds us of the sacrifice made by many who serve our country, but also to be thankful for what we have. 

Perfect for Thanksgiving.

Be inspired,


BLOG NOTE:  Through the holiday season, Turnstyle Vogue will be posting each day.  Yep – 7 days a week of holiday DIY, tips, thoughts and some furniture thrown in here and there.  Please be sure to stop by and say hi – or share your own!

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  1. Hi Shari what a lovely post!

  2. Shari…thanks for this post…such a great one to remind us of our wonderful blessings of our country and those who have served to maintain our freedoms….I am going to try and find the DVD’s…
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family!!

  3. I know this tragic story, and my heart aches for their mother when she lost all of her boys. I had no idea they had made a movie about it. What a wonderful tribute, and one more thing to think about that I am thankful for, that I have all my children right here with me.

    7 days a week????? Wow! Can’t wait to see what you are sharing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. -K