Several years ago, while working as a photographer for the Texas House of Representatives, a group USS Indianapolis survivors were recognized by the chamber during session. I am retired now from state government but not retired from my passion for documenting history. As a former navy sailor who served on two ships and a tour in Vietnam I feel a certain kinship with these survivors. My credentials for my proposed project are 30 years in professional photography and a masters in photo journalism From the University of Texas at Austin.
I would like to interview and photograph survivors (at their homes) living in Texas (where I live),edit the results (with revisions from the subject to ensure accuracy) and produce a historical document. The document would be donated to The Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin for preservation. currently, I have a photography collection in their archives. These archives are a source of rich historical material for historians and students doing research.
finally, I don't mean to be restrictive about limiting my project to only Texas but, travel distances and economics is a factor for now.
An additional request/question to anyone who can help, please. Around 2007-2008, I was working at a convenience store in Weatherford, TX, and was fortunate enough to meet one of the survivors when he visited the store to fuel up his car. I have been interested in the Indianapolis for a number of years and so I was in somewhat a state when I noticed his ball cap that had his service info proudly displayed.
I was able to visit with him for a very few minutes, but in the excitement of speaking with him for the 10 or less minutes I was able to, I completely neglected to ask his name. This is probably an incredible long-shot, but if anyone could help me try to discover his name, I would be EVER so appreciative.
I don't recall what kind of car he was in, or whether he had a wife or other passenger with him. He was around 5'7" to 5'9", and was still in spry condition then. Other than that, I cannot recall any distinctive descriptions.
I take time every July 30th to remember what happened, and for some reason, this year, I have felt driven to particularly remember this individual gentleman.
If anyone can help me try to discover who he was, I can try to fill in some gaps to help narrow it down. Thanks bunches!