OFFICIAL SITE: ENDORSED BY USS INDIANAPOLIS SURVIVORS, FAMILIES OF LOST AT SEA & RESCUE CREW MEMBERS
2019 SURVIVORS' REUNION HIGHLIGHTS
Check out some highlights from this year's reunion. And make sure to CLICK HERE, where you can see all of the official photos from the event, taken by USS Indianapolis Honorary Survivor Andrew Fritzinger.
COMMISSIONING OF THE NEW USS INDIANAPOLIS (LCS-17)
The Commissioning ceremony took place on October 26, 2019.
You can watch the video that was live streamed from Burns Harbor, IN, by clicking HERE.
"ONLY 316 SURVIVED" IS AVAILABLE NOW!
Grab your copy, or even gift an e-Book copy for loved ones, by clicking here!
You can also find out more information on this collection of the first hand accounts of our survivors on our Merchandise page.
THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT USS INDY
1,195 men sailed, 316 survived.
LT CMDR EARL HENRY SR, LOST AT SEA:
By Kirk Wolfinger, owner/Executive Producer/Director of Lone Wolf Media.
Of the nearly 1200 men on the Indianapolis, one was Lt Cmdr. Earl O Henry (Sr). He was the ship’s dentist and he was also a terrific painter of birds; with no formal training, he spent his free time below decks painting these wonderful images from memory. More about how to purchase prints of his work can be found on our Merchandise page.
2020 Commemorative Keepsake Book
Written by the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Legacy Organization, it is a comprehensive overview of the story of the heavy cruiser Indianapolis. Included is a 60-page photo gallery focused on the young men who served on the final sailing crew. More than hundreds of rare photos, images of the crew and rarely seen documents are included in this special keepsake book. Details on how to purchase it can be found on our Merchandise page.
CREW & FAMILY MEMBERS
The USS Indianapolis Survivors, Lost at Sea families, and Rescue & Recovery groups are working together to build a complete database to include contact information for ALL members of the USS Indianapolis crew and rescuers.
This information will not be shared publicly, but will be used as a way to contact those men, and their families regarding reunions, USS Indianapolis Events, and any news concerning the Indy.
If you are a family member of the Indianapolis crew (Survivor or Lost at Sea), Rescue / Recovery crew, or would like to stay updated on Indy related news and events please fill out the form below and we will make sure you are added to the contact list.
USS INDIANAPOLIS CA-35 LEGACY ORGANIZATION
We’re so glad you’ve dropped by to learn more about the legendary 5th fleet flagship, USS Indianapolis (CA-35). We are the Legacy Organization, the official auxiliary group serving the crew and families of the WWII heavy cruiser.
On July 30, 1945, a Japanese submarine struck Indy with two torpedoes, triggering the worst sea disaster in the history of the United States Navy—and a story of heroism and sacrifice that still captivates millions.
Legacy’s mission is to keep Indy’s history alive and to share it with future generations. Our programs include projects that directly serve Indy families, and we also offer education and outreach programs for schools, libraries, veterans’ groups, service organizations, museums, and media.
Legacy’s members include family and friends of the CA-35 crew; rescue and recovery crew; officers and crew of Indy’s namesake vessels; as well as historians, filmmakers, playwrights, actors, educators, and those whose hearts have been simply captured by Indy’s epic story.
We invite you to join us and also promise you this: once Indianapolis captures your heart, she never lets go!
Chair, USS Indianapolis Legacy Organization
Navy Veteran and USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Honorary Survivor
New York Times Bestselling Author
FOR INTERVIEWS, QUOTES, OR OFFICIAL INFORMATION FROM SURVIVORS OF THE USS INDIANAPOLIS, OR LOST AT SEA CREW FAMILIES.
VOICES OF THE LOST AT SEA
A TRIBUTE TO THOSE KILLED IN THE SINKING OF USS INDIANAPOLIS - July 30, 1945
When the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese on July 30, 1945, the voices of 879 crew were silenced forever. Today their voices are heard as family members and friends honor their ultimate sacrifice.
Earl Henry, Jr., Son of Lt. Commander Earl Henry, Sr., Ship’s Dentist, Lost at Sea
Marilyn Henry, Daughter-in-law of Lt. Commander Earl Henry, Sr.
Cindy Wilson, Niece of William George Stier, S1, Lost at Sea
Ray Wilson, Nephew-in-law of William George Stier, S1, Lost at Sea
Rachael Moore, Granddaughter of Felton J. Outland, S1, Survivor
USS INDIANAPOLIS FLAG PROGRAM
In July, 2019 flags were flown for these Lost-at-Sea Final Crew:
Charles Barry, LT(jg)
Virgil Clair Huntley, CHSCLK
Winston Cooper Mitchell, S1
Theodore Gene Ott , Y1
The Flag Raising ceremony was conducted by:
General Stewart Goodwin, Executive Director, Indiana War
Memorials & Honorary Survivor.
Jason Witty, former Chairman of USS Indianapolis Legacy
Organization, & Grandson of Survivor Eugene Morgan.
Michael William Emery, Uncle and Namesake of Lost-at-Sea,
William Friend Emery, S1
Michael Hussey, Honorary Survivor
Jim Belcher, Son of Survivor James Robert Belcher, S1
Legacy Organization Honors Lost-at-Sea Crew with Flags:
During the 2019 USS Indianapolis Survivors’ Organization Reunion, United States flags were raised over the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Memorial by the canal to honor four Indy Lost-at-Sea crew who sailed as part of her Final Crew. These four crew members saw the mysterious cargo loaded onto the deck of Indy and sailed with 1,191 other crew members to Tinian to observe the box and canisters being off loaded. These four may have mailed letters home at Tinian or received a final letter from home at Guam but they did not have the opportunity to return home.
With the flying of these four honor flags, the Legacy Organization has flown 21 flags for Lost-at-Sea crew and given then to family members. The Legacy Organization began its flag flying program during the July, 2018 Indy reunion.
A request to have a flag flown over the Memorial can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is underwritten by a benevolent Lost-at-Sea family; therefore, is presented at no charge.