"There is no question that the loss of USS Indianapolis is one of the blackest episodes in the history of the US Navy. But I also believe that even in loss and tragedy, there are examples of extraordinary valor and sacrifice that deserve to be remembered, that serve as an inspiration to Sailors today and in the future, and there are lessons learned that must be preserved and passed on, and are relevant even now."

Sam Cox, Rear Admiral, USN (ret.), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command


The Ship

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The heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, CA 35, was commissioned in November, 1932. It saw its first combat of World War II in the South Pacific Theater in February, 1942. The Indianapolis became the flag ship for the 5th Fleet and it saw extensive combat duty in the South Pacific, receiving ten battle stars for action in numerous engagements


Ten Battle Stars

  • Bougainville

  • Aleutians

  • Gilbert Islands

  • Marshall Islands

  • Asiatic-Pacific

  • Marianas

  • Tinian

  • Western Caroline

  • Japanese Home Islands

  • Okinawa Gunto




Length overall-610 ft.,3-3/4 in. [584 ft. at the waterline
Extreme breadth [beam] -66 ft., 5/8 in.
Projection forward of forward perpendicular - 18 ft., 3 in.
Projection aft of after perpendicular - 3/4 in.
Draft above bottom of keel (no load) - 19 ft., 5-1/2 in. [24 ft. loaded]
Treaty displacement 10,000 tons. [9,950 tons standard displacement]

Powered by eight White-Forster type boilers and four sets of geared Parsons turbines driving four out-turning propellers, the ship has a plant designed to develop 1-7,000 horsepower at 366 R.P.M. and to attain a speed of 32.7 knots [37.6 statute m.p.h.]. The builders were successful in meeting the requirements set, for the ship,and at trials at sea, exceeded the speed demanded in the contract.