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USS The Sullivans (DD-537)

 

—Buffalo, Erie County Military & Naval Park —

 
USS <i>The Sullivans</i> National Historic Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
1. USS The Sullivans National Historic Landmark Marker
- displayed on the ship's main deck bulkhead (starboard, midships)
Inscription.
Panel 1:
USS The Sullivans DD-537
has been designated a
National
Historic Landmark

This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America.

 
Erected 1986 by National Park Service: United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.661′ N, 78° 52.832′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Marine Drive west of Buffalo Skyway (New York State Route 5). Click for map. The destroyer, USS The Sullivans, is moored off the Niagara River at the wharf of the Buffalo, Erie County Military & Naval Park along with the two other retired U.S. Navy vessels also maintained as museum ships: the larger, light/guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4), and the submarine USS Croaker (SS-246). The Sullivans' exterior marker panels are on the ship's starboard side, facing the Buffalo-Erie County "Veterans Park" off Marine Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
<i>Panel 2</i>: image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
2. Panel 2:
In this post-World War II "Underway" photograph the sleek lines of the Fletcher Class destroyer are clearly evident. The United States commissioned 175 Fletcher-class between 1942 and 1944. Pound for pound, they were the most heavily armed U.S. Navy ships during that time, with 19 lost during World War II. The last Fletcher in service, BAM Cuitlahuac (the former John Rogers) left the Mexican Navy in 2001 and was scrapped in 2010

Following Naval tradition, a class of identical ships are named after the first ship of the series. USS Fletcher was launched in 1942.

This panel was made possible by a generous donation from the National Association of Destroyer Veterans.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Special Marine Corps Units of W.W.II (within shouting distance of this marker); PTF-17 (within shouting distance of this marker); Korea (within shouting distance of this marker); 65th Infantry Regiment, The Borinqueneers (within shouting distance of this marker); "Rust Bucket" (within shouting distance of this marker); 106th Field Artillery Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Cavalry Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to the Men of the 102nd Separate Battalion Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS The Sullivans (DD-537). (Submitted on July 9, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Legacy of the Sullivan Brothers Tragedy. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. The USS Juneau Museum, Kearny, N.J. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Buffalo, Erie County Military and Naval Park. (Submitted on September 9, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
<i> Panel 3</i>: image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
3. Panel 3:
The American Welding Society
Historical Welded Structure Award
is honorably bestowed upon the
USS The Sullivans
DD 537

In recognition of the advanced technology and high quality
of welding used in the development of this highly decorated
Destroyer and in appreciation of its valuable contribution to the welding industry
symbolizing for all generations a
continued vision into the future.
2000

5. USS Croaker (SS-246). (Submitted on September 9, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
6. USS Little Rock (CLG-4). (Submitted on September 9, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Fletcher-class destroyer; "tin can"; The American Welding Society [AWS]; USS Croaker; USS Little Rock.
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, KoreanWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
USS <i>The Sullivans</i> - view of her forward super-structure from the park side walkway. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
4. USS The Sullivans - view of her forward super-structure from the park side walkway.
Note the ten Imperial Japanese Navy flags (painted on the bulkhead, center right) symbolizing the enemy aircraft shot down by the ship's anti-aircraft gunners during World War II.
USS <i>The Sullivans</i> DD-537 - view of the ship's WWII and Korean War image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
5. USS The Sullivans DD-537 - view of the ship's WWII and Korean War
service ribbons painted on the bulkhead below the ship's navigation bridge, center middle.
The Buffalo, Erie County Military & Naval Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
6. The Buffalo, Erie County Military & Naval Park
looking eastward with the Buffalo "Skyway" extending across the Buffalo River (center right); and the Park's three major museum ships from WWII and the Cold War Era - lower left to right: the destroyer The Sullivans [lower left, rear]; the submarine Croaker [lower middle - right front and center); plus the big guided-missile cruiser Little Rock [center, left middle].
Close-up of USS <i>Little Rock</i> (CLG-4) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
7. Close-up of USS Little Rock (CLG-4)
USS <i>Croaker</i> (SS-537) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
8. USS Croaker (SS-537)
"Future Site of the Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial" at the Buffalo, Erie County Military & Naval Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
9. "Future Site of the Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial" at the Buffalo, Erie County Military & Naval Park
USS <i>The Sullivans</i> (DD-537): WWII - at sea off Ponape [<i>Pohnpei</i>] in Micronesia image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo#: NH 101678, 1944
10. USS The Sullivans (DD-537): WWII - at sea off Ponape [Pohnpei] in Micronesia
 
 
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