75th USS INDIANAPOLIS SURVIVORS' REUNION
JULY 30 - AUG 1, 2020
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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DAY 1 - THURSDAY, JULY 30
8:00 AM EDT
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WELCOME & REUNION KICKOFF from Jason Witty (Chairman of the Legacy Organization and grandson of Survivor Eugene Morgan) & Peggy Campo (Secretary of the Survivors' Organization and daughter of Survivor Don McCall).
INTERVIEW with USS Indianapolis Survivors Dick Thelen and Adolfo "Harpo" Celaya
FLAG RAISING CEREMONY with Survivor Edgar Harrell, at the USS Indianapolis CA-35 National Memorial
TRIBUTE to the USS Indianapolis crew from Actor Gary Sinise
INTRODUCTION & HISTORY of USS Indianapolis and her story from Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, Sam Cox.
CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL PRESENTATION
REMINISCE & REFLECT with Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam about their good friend, late Survivor, L.D. Cox, and on what USS Indianapolis means to them.
SPECIAL MESSAGE from Matthew McConaughey, actor, and friend of USS Indianapolis Survivor, LD Cox.
SURVIVORS PANEL - please click this link to watch live via Zoom
SCHOLARSHIP SPEECH from Barrett Chambers, great-grandson of Survivor Louis H. "Kayo" Erwin, and one of the 2020 Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship winners
HOMEAGE to the USS Indianapolis story from actor Jason Narvy
SPECIAL MESSAGE from actor Robert Duvall commemorating the tragic and heroic tale of the USS Indianapolis
DAY 2 - FRIDAY, JULY 31
9:00 AM EDT
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11:15 AM EDT
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2:15 PM EST
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4:15 PM - 5:45 PM EDT
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8:00 PM EST
INTERVIEW with Hunter Scott, whose research on the sinking of USS Indianapolis as a sixth-grade student, led to a United States Congressional investigation and exoneration for its captain.
A Message from National Commander of the American Legion, Bill Oxford
INTERVIEW with with USS Indianapolis Survivors Edgar Harrell & Cleatus Lebow
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM WHITE HOUSE CIO, and friend of the Survivors' Organization, Ben Pauwels.
SCHOLARSHIP SPEECH from Olivia Harrell, great-granddaughter of Survivor Edgar Harrell, and one of the 2020 Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship winners
FILM FOOTAGE FROM THE FIRST REUNION - A rare look back at 1960
REMEMBRANCE VIDEOS - In Harm's Way author Doug Stanton shares a personal message with the survivors and families of Indianapolis. This will be followed by a number of special stories from family members of the USS Indianapolis crew through out the afternoon!
RAISE YOUR GLASSES as co-founder of Mare Island Brewing Co., Ryan Gibbons, explains the special tale of how USS Indianapolis and her crew inspired the company to craft a beer in honor of our heroes
INTERVIEW with Elko Perchyshyn nephew of Bugler 2c Earl Procai, who was killed in action prior to the sinking, during the Kamikaze attack on March 31, 1945
IndyLights - A presentation from downtown Indianapolis in Monument Circle.
DAY 3 - Saturday, August 1
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SPECIAL WELCOME to the final day (Day 3) from Jane Gwinn Goodall, daughter of PV1 Rescue Pilot Wilbur C. Gwinn, and a Tribute to Adrian Marks, brought to us from Frankfort, IN, home of the heroic pilot and the airport terminal named in his honor.
TRIBUTE from Doug Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana
INTERVIEW with with USS Indianapolis Survivors Harold Bray & James Smith
USS INDIANAPOLIS MEMORIAL CEREMONY
AUCTION CLOSES! Make sure to get your bids in!
MEMORIES from Mike Kuryla, III, son of Survivor Michael Kuryla, Jr. whose parents helped plan the inaugural reunion.
SCHOLARSHIP SPEECH from Ethan Trewartha, great-grandson of Survivor James Kittoe, and one of the 2020 Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship winners.
A Message from Founder & Creative Director of Saltbox Theatre Collective, Brian Fruits.
INTERVIEW with Commanding Officer of USS Indianapolis (LCS-17), Colin Kane
A TRIBUTE TO ADMIRAL SPRUANCE
PRESENTATIONS by the SALTBOX THEATRE COLLECTIVE
A LOOK AT 60 Years of USS Indianapolis CA-35 Reunions
KEYNOTE SPEECH from David Levine, grandson of rescue pilot Adrian Marks, and AUCTION WINNERS ANNOUNCED