Indy’s story is our legacy, a common bond that unites the generations of families and friends. Of the 1,195 members of the final sailing crew, 879 lives were lost and only 316 survived to tell the tale. More than three-quarters of a century has passed since the fatal torpedo attack and sinking of USS Indianapolis (CA-35) on July 30, 1945. Our solemn promise is to keep the story alive and bring recognition to the ship’s valiant crew.
In the January 2021, Legacy launched a new program for Student Members, ages 5 to 18. Twelve students joined as inaugural members and have been off to a strong start. These young members are actively involved in learning about the ship and sharing her story. If a picture is worth a thousand words, consider the photos of these Student Members as priceless.
Stained glass art work - created by Shea, who worked with her cousin, artist Jeff Rutherfo
The Siegler boys with their parents
Autumn & Sam with Librarians at Landstuhl Base Library
Shea G. and Reagan H. - book presentation at Mascoutah Middle School Library
Book Presentation to the Librarian of his school - Brayden & Little Sister
Gunner B. reading about Survivor Edgar Harrell from his favorite book, Only 316 Survived
Birthday gift to Mr. Thelen from the students
Sending birthday greetings to Mr. Thelen 1
David G. - drawing of Dick Thelen watching the crate being lowered onto USS Indianapolis
Sending birthday greetings to Mr. Thelen 2
Happy Birthday Mr. Thelen - Shea G
Watching the Indianapolis documentary
Bryce H. - drawing of when the 'secret' cargo was placed on USS Indianapolis
Enjoy the slideshow of our students, their artwork, & their projects!
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