Juneau to honor crew of namesake Navy ship

Associated PressAugust 30, 2012 

JUNEAU -- Juneau officials are planning a remembrance ceremony for the crew of the USS Juneau on the 70th anniversary of its sinking.

KINY reports 687 sailors died when the Japanese attacked the light cruiser with torpedoes at Guadalcanal in the southwestern Pacific Ocean in November 1942. Among the dead were the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa.

Juneau Assembly member Randy Wanamaker is coordinating a service of remembrance.

Ten crew members survived the sinking. Five living survivors were invited to be grand marshals of the city's Fourth of July parade in 1987. The second version of the USS Juneau also docked in Juneau that year.

There's reportedly one survivor left.

The third incarnation of the USS Juneau won't be available. It's mothballed in Hawaii.

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