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.
Stay tuned for more details on the 2021 Virtual Survivors Memorial Reunion, as well as what's in store for in-person events post-COVID.
- 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
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
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.
USS Indianapolis CA-35 Legacy Organization FAQ Sheet
Q: Who comprises the Legacy Organization?
A: The Legacy Organization is almost completely comprised of family members of Survivors, Lost-at-Sea, recovery crew and former crew. The Legacy Organization has opened its membership to people who are connected to the story in some way, such as friends, reunion volunteers and others who have been involved in sharing the story of USS Indianapolis CA-35.
Q: Are the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization reunions diminishing in attendance or stature?
A: Absolutely not.
Q: Does the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization support the Legacy Organization?
A: Wholeheartedly, and there are several important reasons why:
Q: Does the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization support other auxiliary groups?
A: The Legacy Organization came from a grassroots movement among volunteers to actively support the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization’s events and programs and bring honor to this historic ship and her crew. While other auxiliary groups have served the Survivors through the years, the Legacy Organization is the only group officially recognized and endorsed by the Survivors Organization.
Q: How can I find out more about the Legacy Organization?
A. Our dedicated website is here at this website, www.ussindianapolis.org. You may also visit the Survivors Organization’s website at www.USSIndianapolis.com for the latest information on the group, events, Survivor appearances, news, with links to how you can get involved. You can follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well. Links are provided on the website.
Legacy Organization Honors Lost-at-Sea Crew with Flags:
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.
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!