USS Indianapolis Legacy Organization -
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who compromises the USS Indianapolis Legacy Organization?
A. The Legacy Organization is comprised of family members of Survivors, Lost-at-Sea, recovery crew and former crew members. Legacy’s membership is also open to people who are interested in or connected to the story in some way, such as friends, reunion volunteers, educators, and others want to learn ore and share the story of USS Indianapolis CA-35.
Q. Are the USS Indianapolis Survivor Organization reunions diminishing in attendance or stature?
Q. How do I find out more about the Legacy Organization?
Q. Does the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization support the Legacy Organization?
A: Wholeheartedly, and there are several important reasons why:
- The Legacy Organization has committed that it will not support any initiative, movie, book, documentary, or event that the Survivors Organization does not believe is in the best interest of the ship, its crew, or its legacy.
- The Legacy Organization has fully complied with non-profit organization requirements. It has shared with the Survivors Organization its tax-exempt records and its financial status. It has demonstrated to the Survivors and Lost-at-Sea families that the Legacy Organization is operating in a professional manner compliant with non-profit law.
- The meetings and paperwork for the Legacy Organization are publicly open and accessible to interested parties.
- The Legacy Organization is fully compliant with its bylaws.
- The Legacy Organization has demonstrated that its activities support events that are meaningful to the Indy family at large. For example, the Legacy Organization is organized to provide focused programs. Opportunities for members to be involved include:
- Reunions – planning, coordinating, volunteering.
- Membership – finding and engaging Gold Star (LAS) families, reaching new generations of Survivor families, as well as former crew, rescue crew, friends, educators, etc.
- Education – reaching out to expand curriculum opportunities through state and local educators, as well as distance learning.
- Fundraising – supporting reunion and educational efforts.
- Website – providing easily accessible, fact-based information on the story of USS Indianapolis CA-35, including its history, events, news updates, and other relevant information.
- Bylaws – keeping the organization current and relevant to its membership
- Flag – honoring requests from family of the final sailing crew to have a memorial flag flown over the USS Indianapolis CA-35 National Memorial.
- Strategic Planning – charting a course for the future.
- Nominating – aiding in the succession planning of the Organization.
- Ad Hoc Committees – as needed to further explore Indy’s history and her legacy.
- No other organization has been able to prove to the Survivors Organization that they meet these standards.