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USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35)
THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT USS INDY
"ONLY 316 SURVIVED" IS AVAILABLE NOW!
In their own words! 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 firsthand accounts of our survivors on our Merchandise page.
If you have biographical information or photographs of one of our 316 survivors, please submit that information here. We are constantly updating the file and want to make sure every survivor is included. If you have questions, email us at email@example.com with "ONLY 316 SURVIVED" in the subject line.
1,195 men sailed, 316 survived.
2020 Commemorative Keepsake Book (UPDATED SPRING 2022)
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 HERE.
2nd edition is NOW AVAILABLE! If you have biographical information or photographs of one of our final crew members, please submit that information HERE.
The Education Committee of the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Legacy Organization is creating an archive of men lost-at-sea: in the March 1945 Kamikaze attack, the sinking of Indianapolis on July 30, 1945, and the final ordeal in the water. By sharing photos and information, you honor their service and sacrifice, and keep the Indianapolis story alive.
Biographical information may be submitted by a family member and by anyone interested in honoring one or more of these 888 fallen crew members.
The facts of the Indianapolis story are known … now we want to hear the stories of these men.
Share their hopes and dreams; talents, loves, and friendships; and quotes from last letters home. Share how their loss impacted their family and friends.
Posthumous Navy Cross Presentation Ceremony for Fr. Thomas Conway
For his many years of service to God and his fellow man, the United States Navy in 2020 awarded Father Thomas Conway, a lieutenant and chaplain aboard USS Indianapolis (CA-35), the Navy Cross. Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite conferred the medal posthumously in a ceremony at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Connecticut. After Indianapolis disappeared beneath the waves on July 30, 1945, Fr. Conway spent the last hours of his life ministering to "those in peril on the sea." On the third day of the ordeal, Fr. Conway succumbed to exhaustion, thus fulfilling the words of Christ, "Greater love hath no man than that he give up his life for his friends."
Click here to watch the video that takes a closer look at the life and legacy of this heroic man.
CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest expressions of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions in the United States. Awarded by Acts of Congress, it honors those, individually or as a group “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is recognized as a major achievement long after the achievement”.
The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the final sailing crew of Indianapolis on the 75th Anniversary of its sinking, July 30, 2020. The Medal will be permanently displayed at the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Museum located in the Indiana War Memorials Building, Indianapolis, IN.
Click here to watch the Congressional Gold Medal presentation.
Biographical information is needed for all 888 lost-at-sea crew members. For more information on this project and how you can get involved, click here.
ATTENTION USS INDIANAPOLIS 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 to the right and we will make sure you are added to the contact list.
2019 SURVIVORS' REUNION HIGHLIGHTS
Check out some highlights from our last, in-person 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.
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.
USS INDIANAPOLIS CA-35 LEGACY ORGANIZATION
We’re so glad you’ve dropped by to learn more about…
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “ship of state”
- Admiral Spruance’s 5th Fleet flagship in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II
- Recipient of ten Battle Stars and Navy Unit Commendation
…the legendary heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35).
You can learn more on the homepage of the USS Indianapolis Legacy Organization, the official auxiliary group serving the crew and families of one of the greatest ships in US Navy history.
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. We encourage you to check out the video above to learn more about USS Indianapolis; rich history and her legacy.
Legacy’s members include family and friends of the CA-35 crew; rescue and recovery crews; 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.My journey with the survivors of USS Indianapolis began in the mid-1990s while serving as captain of the submarine bearing the same name. At that time, I was pulled into the orbit of the survivors during their effort to clear their captain’s name. The fact that Captain Charles B. McVay, III was the only Navy commanding officer ever court-martialed for having his ship sunk by enemy action never sat right with them. I was one of the draftees into their exoneration effort, which succeeded in May 2001 when I had the honor of entering the exoneration language into Captain McVay’s service record. Two and a half decades later, I’m still in Indy’s orbit. We invite you to join us and also promise you this: once Indianapolis captures your heart, she never lets go!
-- Captain William Toti, USN (Ret)
Chair, USS Indianapolis Legacy Organization and Honorary Survivor
Former Commanding Officer, USS Indianapolis (SSN-697)
Former Commodore, Submarine Squadron 3, Pearl Harbor, HI
Former Commanding Officer, Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Command, Norfolk
FOR INTERVIEWS, QUOTES, OR OFFICIAL INFORMATION FROM SURVIVORS OF 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
Legacy Organization Honors Lost-at-Sea Crew with Flags:
The Legacy Organization proudly honors American flag requests made by families of the final sailing crew of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35). We work in partnership with the Indiana War Memorial to have keepsake United States flags flown over the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Memorial. Indy crew families participating in this program are presented with their family member’s American flag after it has been flown. Also included is a certificate of authenticity dated and signed by J. Stewart Goodwin, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret) Executive Director, Indiana War Memorials Commission. Funding to offset the cost of the program is generously provided by a family of one of those tragically lost-at-sea in the ship’s sinking on July 30, 1945.
The Legacy Organization began its flag flying program during the July, 2018 Indy reunion. Since it's inception, over 40 flags have been flown for Lost at Sea crew members, Deceased Survivors and upon death of current Survivors.. A request to have a flag flown over the Memorial can be made by clicking HERE.