USS Putnam laid down
On 10 October 1942, Fletcher-class destroyer USS Putnam was laid down at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. San Francisco, CA. She was officially renamed 'The Sullivans' on 6 February 1943 in honor of the five Sullivan brothers (George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert) aged 20 to 27 who lost their lives when their ship, USS Juneau, was sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942.
Here seen screening the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), which has just been hit by two Japanese suicide planes within 30 seconds of each other, on 11 May 1945. The Sullivans later picked up 166 members of the carrier's crew when fire forced them overboard.