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Recruitment poster with the 5 Sullivan brothers

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.32

US recruitment poster with a photograph of the five Sullivan brothers, sailors on the U.S.S. Juneau, in 1942. The ship was on its way from New Caledonia to Guadalcanal in the South Pacific when, on the morning of November 13, 1942, it was struck by a Japanese torpedo. All 5 brothers were killed in the attack. It became a national story and a rallying point for the war effort. The poster was issued by the Office of War information which was created in June 1942 to manage the war on the Home Front by disseminating ideas, propaganda, and information about the war effort. The OWI’s goal was to place posters in the street-level windows of every store, office, and restaurant in every city and town across the United States.

Artwork Title
They Did Their Part
Series Title
OWI Poster No. 42
publication/distribution:  1943
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:13:13
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