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Recognition of crew members who served aboard prior to loss


I have long thought that the circumstances of the loss of Indianapolis in the final weeks of the war has served to minimize the many years of fine service that she and those who served aboard her prior to her loss put forth. Starting in 1932, Indianapolis served continually, and in WWII participated in many grueling and honorable years of service, taking part in numerous campaigns and actions, and suffering casualties, as well. There were a number of men who served aboard her for nearly the entire war, transferring just prior to her loss, while some of those lost with her had only just joined the Navy weeks before her sinking. I see no re-unions, organizations, or discussion of, for, and by those who had known Indianapolis as their home, sometimes for years, as there are for other naval ships, and I feel this is a subject fit for it's own category here. There are yet, I feel sure, many men out there who served aboard Indianapolis prior to her sinking who have memories and feel a connection to her through their service, and who may provide valuable recollections that contribute to her memory. This is in contrast to many other catastrophic U.S. naval sea losses of the war, such as JUNEAU, LISCOMB BAY, MOUNT HOOD, SERPENS, which were all new ships, with essentially first generation plank owner crews. The memory and service of INDIANAPOLIS extends far beyond that of her last voyage, and we owe those that were a part of that long service their own moment of recognition.       

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