USS Cleveland CL-55 Reunion Association

Hello Mr. Brockett,

This is Michele (Cox) Burris from Adrian, MO. I found your website on the USS Cleveland and wondered if you might be willing to assist me. I am working on a surprise project for my mom, Linda (Sutton) Cox, whose Dad served in World War II on the USS Cleveland. He died not too long after returning home from the war when she was 7 years old. I am searching for the years he served in the US Navy and his rank. Could you point me in the right direction? Here's what I know about him, which isn't much: Emmet Lee Sutton, US Navy, USS Cleveland.

Adrian is a small town south of Kansas City, MO. For a town of about 2,000 people, we have an extremely active group of VFW members, and local veterans. Last year a Lt. Charles Garrison Veterans Memorial was constructed. It's a beautiful sight to behold, very poignant and patriotic. As a gift to my mom my brothers, sister and I, along with our spouses, would like to purchase a brick in her dad's name to be placed at the Memorial, which could include his rank and years of service if we have it. If you are interested, you can learn more about the Memorial online at or (the local newspaper in which I am the Managing Editor).

Thank you very much.

Michele Burris