OFFICIAL SITE: ENDORSED BY USS INDIANAPOLIS SURVIVORS, FAMILIES OF LOST AT SEA & RESCUE CREW MEMBERS
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.
"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.
THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT USS INDY
1,195 men sailed, 316 survived.
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 HERE.
2nd edition coming Spring 2022! 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.
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. To learn more, watch the video below.
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
From August 2020 to July 2021, nine American flags have been flown for Indy’s final sailing crew in honor of:
Lost at Sea:
Walter Eugene Izor F1c. (August 2020)
Harry William Elliott S2c (May 2021)
Melvin Dow Hobbs S1c (June 2021)
Jim Jarvis AMM3 (June 2020)
Joseph Mikolayek COX (August 2020)
Sherman C. Booth S1 (September 2020)
Robert Witzig FC3 (October 2020)
Edgar Harrell Sgt (May 2021)
James Smith S2c (May 2021)
The Flag Raising ceremony was conducted by:
Brigadier General Stewart Goodwin (USAF Ret), Executive
Director of the Indiana War Memorials Commission
& Honorary Survivor
Michael William Emery, Nephew & 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:
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.