The story of the USS The Sullivans dates back to the five brothers who all pledged to join the US Navy after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. However, they would only do so under the condition that they serve together, side by side, even as all five were killed early in the war.
The same spirit that birthed their now infamous motto, “WE STICK TOGETHER”, is one we as the Sullivans Division do not use lightly. It is at the core of everything we believe and everything we practice.
On rare occasion does that motto also extend to those shipmates we lose along the way. Former Petty Officer D. Baines of the Sullivans Division & Training Ship Little Rock was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Bailey Ave. here in the City of Buffalo last week. One of three triplets, and of four total siblings who spent time as Sea Cadets in this unit, Petty Officer Baines exemplified the core values of Honor, Courage, & Commitment, both during her time as a cadet, as well as after.
Our thoughts are with the Baines family who, much like the Sullivans brothers, dedicated themselves to being something more than everyone else around them. To the Baines family, we STILL stick together.
Fair winds & following seas for our sister and our Petty Officer, we have the watch.