OFFICIAL LEGACY SITE:
ENDORSED BY USS INDIANAPOLIS SURVIVORS, FAMILIES OF LOST AT SEA & RESCUE CREW MEMBERS
ONLINE VIRTUAL 76th SURVIVOR REUNION
Due to the continuing prevalence of COVID-19, the age of the living Survivors, concerns around travel, and uncertainties about vaccine distribution, the Legacy Reunion Committee felt that booking facilities for an in-person reunion in the City of Indianapolis this year wouldn't be wise.
All the details (and more!) for the 2021 Virtual Survivors Memorial Reunion, as well as what's in store for in-person events post-COVID, can be found by clicking here.
- Lynn Vincent, Legacy Chair
Last year's Online Virtual Reunion took place on the anniversary of the sinking, July 30th - August 1st. You can re-watch virtual events here.
USS INDIANAPOLIS LEGACY ORGANIZATION
For more information regarding the Legacy Organization, please see the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions below.
Information on how to join as a member can be found on our Membership page.
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.
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
USS Indianapolis CA-35 Legacy Organization FAQ Sheet
Q: Who comprises the 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 Survivors Organization reunions diminishing in attendance or stature?
A: With each year that passes, we find it inevitable that the actual number of Survivors will decrease due to loss or inability to travel. However, attendance at reunions by families of Survivors and Lost-at-Sea crew members continues to see a steady increase. Indy’s story lives on through our bonds of friendship with one another, and those connections continue to see growth. We are also building relationships with the active- duty Navy personnel, as evidenced by the numbers of senior Navy officials in recent attendance. Targeted outreach, documentaries, books, films, and the recent discovery of the ship itself have provided opportunities to engage new generations of family and friends linked to the story of Indianapolis. Speakers keep the topics fresh and informative, bringing honor and focus to the crew of USS Indianapolis CA-35. Merchandise sales are steady due to the popularity of the selections of logo wear items. Participants return each year, bringing new generations of family and friends who wish to build on their knowledge and relationships.
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.
Q: Does the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization support other auxiliary groups?
Q: How can I find out more about the Legacy Organization?
A. Our dedicated website is here at this website, www.ussindianapolis.org.Y ou may also visit the Survivors Organization’s website at www.ussindianapolis.com for the latest information on the group, events, Survivor appearances, news, and links to find out how you can get involved.You can follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well.
Help support the USS Indianapolis Legacy!
Please join others across our nation by paying tribute to the men and families of USS Indianapolis by supporting the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Legacy Organization. Your donation helps keep their story alive, and honors the service, sacrifice, teamwork and perseverance of the storied warship that helped bring an end to WW2, securing the freedoms that we enjoy today. Find out more about the group, and how you can get involved by clicking HERE.
Legacy Organization Honors Lost-at-Sea Crew & deceased Survivors
For more information on our Flag Program, click HERE.
An Important Note from
Survivor & Chairman
Survivor & Chairman of the USS Indianapolis Survivor's Organization, Harold Bray, speaks on behalf of his shipmates about the future of the Indianapolis story and officially endorsing the CA-35 Legacy as the only organization charged with carrying the torch and representing the voice of the USS Indianapolis story for generations to come.
Read Harold's message HERE, & learn more about the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Legacy organization!