Century Native Serving Aboard USS The Sullivans

August 21, 2022

Lt. Amanda Sutherland, a native of Century, is serving aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS The Sullivans (DDG 68).

Sutherland, a 2009 graduate of Northview High School, joined the U.S. Navy because of her family.

“My dad and mom were both in the Navy,” said Sutherland. “They met when they were both stationed in Hawaii. I kind of say that I owe my life to the Navy because without it, they wouldn’t have met.”

According to Navy officials, The Sullivans is named to honor five brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, who served together on the USS Juneau during World War II. The Sullivan brothers: George, 28; Francis, 27; Joseph, 24; Madison, 23; and Albert, 20; lost their lives during the Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942. They were adamant about serving together in spite of the Navy wartime policy to separate family members. This was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II.

The Sullivans is currently undergoing a routine maintenance period after completing a seven-month global deployment where they participated in multinational operations and joint training exercises with international partners to foster positive relationships while ensuring freedom of navigation and maritime security.

Pictured: Lt. Amanda Sutherland .U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jahlena Royer for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


11 Responses to “Century Native Serving Aboard USS The Sullivans”

  1. Dee Wolfe-Sullivan on August 22nd, 2022 11:42 am

    Amanda is a shining example of good character, strong ethics, patriotism, and womanhood at its best. I am very proud to know her and her family.

  2. Mike J. on August 22nd, 2022 11:41 am

    Congrats to LT Sutherland! The USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) is the second US Navy ship to be named after the Sullivan brothers. The first is DD-537, was decommissioned in 1965 and donated as a museum ship in 1977. I toured it and USS Little Rock (CL-92) in Buffalo back in 1992. I served both active-duty and reserves on aircraft carriers and Navy squadrons. Best wishes for LT Sutherland and her career.

  3. CB on August 22nd, 2022 8:39 am

    So proud to have a local girl doing so well for herself and representing our area. Thank you for your sacrifice and service Lt. Sutherland.

  4. Louann Boughner on August 21st, 2022 7:41 pm

    Me and Gretchen was just talking about you last week. I’m so proud for you . I know your mom is too
    . Be safe and be great. dd

  5. J.Larry Seale on August 21st, 2022 2:36 pm

    I saw the Sullivans in person one time…
    Was deep moved and a warm feeling inside me
    I am glad a local kid is able to serve on such a
    history ship…..

  6. Barbara Ryals on August 21st, 2022 2:11 pm

    I love you,Amanda and I am very proud of you!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. Proud Navy Mom on August 21st, 2022 11:42 am

    Thank you for your sacrifices and service. We are so proud of all your hard work.

  8. CAL on August 21st, 2022 11:28 am

    Thank you for your service!

  9. DC Flowers USN, Ret. on August 21st, 2022 10:56 am

    I envy you, LT Sutherland. Earning that Surface Warfare Officer pin and the Navy letting you drive those magnificent Destroyers is about the most rewarding and fun experience a person can have. Thank you for choosing to serve.

  10. Byrneville Resident on August 21st, 2022 4:48 am

    We are very proud of Amanda. We appreciate your service to our country and all the sacrifices you make to serve!

  11. A Alex on August 21st, 2022 12:39 am

    There was a movie about the brothers. I believe it was called
    THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS. great hiatoeical movie

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