OFFICIAL SITE: ENDORSED BY USS INDIANAPOLIS SURVIVORS, FAMILIES OF LOST AT SEA & RESCUE CREW MEMBERS
After careful consideration and with an abundance of concern for our USS Indianapolis (CA 35) survivors, families, and friends, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 75th Anniversary Reunion, scheduled for July 23-26 in Indianapolis. The COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted us individually and as a nation. Safety of travel and restrictions on gatherings have also influenced our decision.
We fully understand how important it is to commemorate the historic 75th anniversary of the loss of USS Indianapolis (CA 35) and to honor and reflect on Indy’s brave crew. So while we won't be convening in Indianapolis this year, we look forward to bringing special programming to your homes!
For the first time ever, the USS Indianapolis (CA 35) Survivors Organization and the USS Indianapolis (CA 35) Legacy Organization are teaming up with media professionals in order to provide free online access to special guest presentations, Q&A Sessions, live special-edition memorabilia auctions, educational videos, exclusive access to commemorative merchandise in our online store, and more!
The Online Virtual Reunion is set to take place on the anniversary of the sinking, July 30th - August 1st. Please make sure to check back here, and on our social media pages for updates in the next few weeks! And see below for answers to our Frequently Asked Questions.
For those who are already registered to attend the reunion, we will be processing refunds shortly. We ask for your patience as it will take us a while to notify all registrants and to process refunds. To cancel your room reservations, please contact the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis directly.
Again, our priority is to support the well-being of our survivors and their guests. Thank you for your understanding.
- The USS Indianapolis (CA 35) 2020 Reunion Planning Team
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.
THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT USS INDY
Learn more about the final crew numbers here.
And to for the full name list of the final sailing crew aboard Indianapolis, visit our "FINAL CREW" page here.
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. He was probably hard at it at midnight when the ship was struck with torpedoes from a Japanese submarine.
On December 20th, bill S.2101 was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump - the “USS Indianapolis Congressional Gold Medal Act,” which provides for the award of a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the crew of USS Indianapolis, in recognition of their perseverance, bravery, and service to the United States. Details about the presentation of the medals will be coming soon!
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.
1,195 men sailed, 316 survived.
"ONLY 316 SURVIVED" IS AVAILABLE NOW!
Grab your copy, or even gift an e-Book copy for loved ones, by clicking here!
As agreed and voted upon by the USS Indianapolis survivors, 100% of all proceeds will go to a special account set up for keeping the book in digital and hardcover publication.
We are accepting submissions for future updates.
If you are a family member of an Indy survivor who was unable to submit an entry for the book previously, please email us at so that we can make sure your loved one is included in future editions. There is also discussion about a book for the Lost at Sea crew happening in the near future! Check back for more details soon!
In the meantime, CLICK HERE to see a copy of the letter provided by the United States Mint, which was presented at this year's reunion.
He sent originals home to his wife and his infant son prior to the ship's sinking - so a significant collection exists. Only 6 weeks old when he lost his father, Earl Jr is the executor of his Father’s work and keeper of his memory. It is about all he has. You will hear his story in our film and it is poignant (get out your handkerchief). If you’d like to own one of these wonderful prints, and there are many, Earl Jr makes them available and they're very affordable; it's a piece of history and art that can only be described as ‘unique’.
Tune in on Jan 8 (PBS) for the whole USS Indianapolis story.
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) or Rescue/Recovery crew, please fill out the form below and we will make sure you are added to the contact list. If you are not a family member, but would like to receive updates, please scroll down to the bottom of this page, and sign up for updates.
You are invited to join us! Our Indy family includes living Survivors; relatives of Survivors, Lost-at-Sea crew, former crew, rescue crews, namesake crew, and friends.
The nonprofit Legacy Organization was established in 2018, and has been endorsed by the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization to carry on their legacy. With our full commitment, their story will continue. We hope you'll join us!
Jason Witty, Chairman, USS Indianapolis Legacy Organization
Grandson of Survivor Eugene Morgan, BM2
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, 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.
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