2023 Reunion Information for Registered Guests:
Regional reunions are an opportunity to share unique pieces of USS Indianapolis’ historical journey. This summer the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Legacy Organization is excited to offer you the chance to learn more about Indy’s history on the west coast. The reunion will take place where the final sailing crew had their last liberty (time off from the ship).
So severely damaged in the kamikaze attack in Okinawa on March 31, 1945, Indianapolis returned to the Mare Island shipyard for repairs, setting in motion the chain of events that would lead to her role in delivering the components of the first atomic bomb to Tinian, and ultimately to her tragic demise.
Local Benicia resident and Indy Survivor Harold Bray now lives less than 10 miles from where he reported for duty as one of the final sailing crew members. By July 16, 1945, when the ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay, 18-year-old Bray was on his first and only Navy cruise.
2023 Reunion Highlights Include:
• Evening Welcome Presentation
• Liberty time in San Francisco – Ferry Ride
• Unveiling of Statue Honoring Harold Bray and USS Indianapolis - DETAILS HERE
• Livestream podcast of “The Unauthorized History of the Pacific War”
• Tour of Mare Island and Discussion of Indy’s Refitting
• Banquet Dinner and 1940’s-Style Dance
Daytime casual attire. Dress up for dinner and dancing on Saturday – 1940’s attire optional.
Throughout the reunion we will offer:
■ Educational offerings for all ages.
■ USS Indy merchandise store.
■ Updates on Legacy Organization’s programs and opportunities for involvement.
■ Time to reconnect with each other and build new friendships.
For those Traveling by Air:
Benicia can be easily reached from the Sacramento International Airport (65 miles to the north), Oakland International Airport (38 miles to the south), San Jose International Airport (60 miles to the south), or San Francisco International Airport (48 miles to the southwest). Traffic will influence travel times. For many, Sacramento Airport is preferred because it is simply easier to get in and out of from an on-ground transportation viewpoint. There are several transportation options available at each airport, including rental car, private shuttle, group shuttle and public transportation. Guests are responsible for their own transportation to the hotels.
In Memoriam – Rest in Peace. Your story will not be forgotten.
Sadly, in late September 2022, we said farewell to Survivor Cleatus Lebow, who passed away at the age of 98. We know how precious it has been to have the Survivors of USS Indianapolis (CA-35) to attend the reunions in years past, and we were blessed that he was able to be with us in Fredericksburg, Texas in May 2022. With Cleatus’ passing, there is only one Survivor remaining, Harold Bray. Please join us in his hometown this summer.