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From Peggy Campo
At this 68th
anniversary of the sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, please
take a moment to reflect on the crew of 1200 men who served their
country proudly and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Only 317 men survived to tell the story of this historic ship--38 are
living today. Please join these World War II veterans as they remember
and honor their lost shipmates, those who perished in 1945 and those who
have passed since the sinking.
For your convenience, we have created a web site for the 2013 USS
Indianapolis Survivors Organization reunion. We hope you will find this
information useful as you plan your visit to Indianapolis.
Special features of the web site:
* REUNION DETAILS:
A copy of the reunion mailing can be downloaded, including the reunion
newsletter, registration form, and program draft. This will be
especially helpful for those who may not be on our mailing list.
REGISTRATION: To join the USS Indianapolis Survivors at their
banquet, you may register and pay for your ticket
Seating at the banquet is limited;
and a $75 fee is required.
If you would like to make a donation to the USS Indianapolis Survivors
Organization, please click the
Donate link at the top of the home page.
* MERCHANDISE: We have established a
site with several new merchandise options which can be ordered
Please note these items are different from what will be available at
the reunion merchandise store. We hope you enjoy the expanded
* PARKING, HOTEL
and AIRPORT INFORMATION: City parking, hotel, transportation, etc.
* MORE COMING: New information will be posted as it becomes
available--please check back occasionally.
The link to the web site is:
5/27/2013 CA-35 Reunion
join us in Indianapolis, August 1-4, 2013 to commemorate the 68th
anniversary of the sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis.
Survivors, along with their families and friends, will gather together to
remember and honor their shipmates--those who perished in 1945 and those
who have passed since the sinking. Attached please find the reunion
newsletter, registration form, and draft program.
(DOWN LOAD) We hope you will take this opportunity to meet these
great men, hear their first-hand account of World War II history, and
thank them for their service to our country........Peggy Campo CA-35
5/20/2013 CA-35 Reunion
To all the Crewmembers of the USS Indianapolis
SSN-697, the cruiser men had 19 Survivors show up (of 45) this past
weekend for their 67th Anniversary reunion at the Westin in
downtown Indianapolis. A wonderful time was had by the survivors
and friends/families of the Indy crew CA-35. If you have never met
these men, and would like to, please plan now to join us next year
2013 in Indianapolis (hotel to be announced) on August 1,2,3,4 for
the 68th Anniversary Reunion. I'd like to recognize the SSN men
who attend, and arrange a block of time for a program by you
modern sub guys to "update" these old sailors on the post-WWII US
Navy! Our keynote speaker this year was Capt Bill Toti, former
commander of the Indy Maru SSN-697. Also in attendance was Atsuko
Pak, granddaughter of I-58 submarine commander Hashimoto. The
survivors would really like to meet you all!
This is an invitation for
all the Indy crewman of both great warships to meet & greet.
I'm in Indianapolis, my father is working on updating
/ making more realistic the mock-up of the SSN-697 Control Room we have
in our War Memorial. We've got helmsman and planesman controls, but
we'd like to flesh it out with nav tables, periscope casings, pipes (at
least the line-lines to the chicken switches), etc.
If you can help, or know someone that would be
interested in setting us in the correct direction?
I was on SSN725, which was a VLS, so some of my stuff
Basically, we don't want people to walk into the
exhibit and go: "Hrmmmm, so these people obviously never saw the
Indianapolis,..." we'd much rather them say: "Wow, there's the the
Chicken Switches for the Emergency Blow, you know dear, those neat
pictures when the sub explodes from the ocean like in Hunt for Red
October?" or, if their kid asks: "what's the curtain for Dad?" "We
used that when we Ran Dark, so the Nav and CO could still have some
light, but the rest of the control room was dark. " Or, best of all,
the little things you remember,...
By Dr. Joyce Brothers "1963"
RISK IS AN INSPIRATION IN
The tragic loss of the submarine Thresher and 129 men had a special kind of
impact on the nation...a special kind of sadness, mixed with universal
admiration for the men who chose this kind of work.
One could not mention the Thresher without observing, in the same breath how
utterly final and alone the end is when a ship dies at the bottom of the
sea...and what a remarkable specimen of man it must be who accepts such a
Most of us might be moved to conclude, too, that a tragedy of this kind
would have a damaging effect on the moral of the other men in the submarine
service and tend to discourage future enlistments. Actually, there is no
evidence that this is so.
What is it, then, that lures men to careers in which they spend so much of
their time in cramped quarters, under great psychological stress, with
danger lurking all about them?
Bond Among Them
Togetherness is an overworked term, but in no other branch of our military
service is it given such full meaning as in the so-called "silent
In an under sea craft, each man is totally dependant upon the skill of every
other man in the crew, not only for top performance but for actual survival.
Each knows that his very life depends on the others and because this is so,
there is a bond among them that both challenges and comforts them.
All of this gives the submariner a special feeling of pride, because he is
indeed a member of an elite corps. The risks, then, are an inspiration,
rather than a deterrent.
The challenge of masculinity is another factor, which attracts men to serve
on submarines. It certainly is a test of man's prowess and power to know he
can qualify for this highly
selective service. However, it should be emphasized that this desire
to prove masculinity is not pathological, as it might be in certain
daredevil pursuits, such as driving a motorcycle through a flaming hoop.
There is nothing daredevelish about the motivations of the man who decides
to dedicate his life to the submarine service. He does, indeed, take pride
in demonstrating that he is quite a man, but he does not do so to practice a
form of foolhardy brinkmanship, to see how close he can get to failure and
still snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. On the contrary, the aim in
the submarine service is to battle the danger, to minimize the risk, to take
every measure to make certain that safety rather than danger, is maintained
at all times.
Are the men in submarines braver than those in other pursuits where the
possibility of sudden tragedy is not constant? The glib answer would be that
they are. It is much more accurate, from a psychological point of view, to
say they are not necessarily braver, but that they are who have a little
more insight into themselves and their capabilities.
They know themselves a little better than the next man. This has to be so
with men who have a healthy reason to volunteer for a risk. They are
generally a cut healthier emotionally than others of similar age and
background because of their willingness to push themselves a little bit
farther and not settle for an easier kind of existence.
We all have tremendous capabilities but are rarely straining at the upper
level of what we can do; these men are.
The country can be proud and grateful that so many of its sound, young,
eager men care enough about their own status in life--and the welfare of
their country--to pool their skills and match them collectively against the
power of the sea.
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