John E. Sullivan Jr.Survived Okinawa battleJohn E...


November 11, 1993

John E. Sullivan Jr.

Survived Okinawa battle

John E. Sullivan Jr., who survived the bombing and sinking of the destroyer he served on in the Pacific Theater, died Sunday of a stroke at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia resident was 77.

Eighteen of the ship's 20 officers and 108 crewmen were killed and 30 men were wounded in the attack on the USS Twiggs on the night of June 16, 1945, off Okinawa.

Mr. Sullivan, who was born and reared in New Haven, was a 1936 graduate of Hill House High School and attended the New Haven Business College.

He briefly worked for the Journal Courier in New Haven before going to work in the Sikorsky Aircraft plant in Stratford, Conn., working there until 1944 when he enlisted in the Navy. He was an electrician/fireman first class and was discharged in 1946.

In 1941, he married the former Dorothy O'Brien of New Haven. After the war, they made their home in West Haven, Conn., where they lived for 44 years. He managed an apartment house and also was a correctional officer at Cheshire Reformatory. He took early retirement and the couple moved to Columbia in 1986.

Mr. Sullivan had been active in the Volunteer Stroke Rehabilitation Program in New Haven. After moving to Columbia, he established a stroke support group that met at the Florence Bain Center.

While living in West Haven, he enjoyed coaching Little League. He was a member for many years of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church there and the Lester Rochford Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cheshire.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, with interment in Columbia Memorial Park.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Maureen E. Collins of Gibson Island; three grandsons, George B. Collins of Silver Spring, David A. Collins of Pasadena and Jonathan A. Collins of Columbia; two sisters, Elizabeth Greenvall of Madison, Conn., and Joan Lee of West Haven; and a great-grandson, George B. Collins Jr. of Silver Spring. Vernon A . Dutton, who was active in the Health Education Resources Organization, died Saturday of AIDS at the Stella Maris Hospice.

The 44-year-old Northwest Baltimore resident was a member of the staff of ROC Productions, owned by his brother, actor Charles S. Dutton. Born in Baltimore, he was educated at St. James Parochial School, Lombard Junior High School and City College.

He had worked for the city Bureau of Parks and at Sinai Hospital before joining his brother's company.

He was often known by a childhood nickname, "Lefty Dolan."

Services were set for 12:30 p.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets.

In addition to his brother, who lives in the Los Angeles area, survivors include his mother, Gloria Dutton, and a sister, Barbara A. Dutton, both of Baltimore; and a nephew.

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