14 of the surviving men who were part of USS Indianapolis’ crew when it sank gathered in Indianapolis this weekend for an annual memorial service.
The USS Indianapolis sank in shark infested waters after delivering key components of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Nearly 900 of the 1100 Marines and sailors on board survived. 316 of them were rescued after floating in the water for five days. 38 of them are still alive today.
Also in attendance was the family of Japanese submarine commander Mochitsura Hashimoto.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus recently announced that the next Littoral Combat Ship will be named ‘Indianapolis’ to honor the original ship’s crew.