Jul 30

Remembering the USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

Friday, July 30, 2010 10:51 AM


On 30 July 1945, while sailing from Guam to Leyte, Indianapolis was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58. The ship capsized and sank in twelve minutes. Survivors were spotted by a patrol aircraft on 2 August. All air and surface units capable of rescue operations were dispatched to the scene at once, and the surrounding waters were thoroughly searched for survivors. Upon completion of the day and night search on 8 August, 316 men were rescued out of the crew of 1,199.

RIP Shipmates. You Stand Relieved. We have the watch.

The USS Indianapolis National Memorial is located at the North end of the Canal Walk. The Memorial is an outdoor site and is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Engraved on the South face of the monument are the names of the ship's company and one passenger who made up her final crew.

The USS Indianapolis National Memorial is a must see for all students of naval history.

Please also view our FAQ about about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis for additional information and photos.

  • susana yingling

    I am looking for information regarding my father, Jerome Fitzpatrick, an ensign I believe to have been assigned as a Prospective Officer-in-Charge of LCT(6)991, under O-in-C Ens, Donald D. Powelson. He has left behind photos, correspondance and some writings, of which I have much interest. His birth name is Louis J. Fitzpatrick Jr., and was a graduate from Marquette University’s NROTC program in February 1945.

  • susana yingling

    I stand corrected. As I review this information, I discover my father, Jerome Fitzpatrick, was aboard an LCT, (6) 991, under O-in C Ens Donald D. Powelson. Fascinating to go through all of this.

  • zackkrawic

    im trying to find a relative that was in the ship hes last name was krawivs

  • Tom Tilley

    my father was discharge before the Indianapolis was sunk. He was a diver named Tom Tilley from Texas.