Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve Force. Born: 31 July
1884, Charleston, S.C. Appointed from: South Carolina.
Citation: For extraordinary
heroism as an officer of the U.S.S. Cristabel in conflict with an enemy
submarine on 21 May 1918. As a result of the explosion of a depth bomb
dropped near the submarine, the Christabel was so badly shaken that a number
of depth charges which had been set for firing were thrown about the deck
and there was imminent danger that they would explode. Ens. Sullivan immediately
fell on the depth charges and succeeded in securing them, thus saving the
ship from disaster, which would inevitably have caused great loss of life.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)