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18 Oct 2014 From David Remondini:
My Dad is a longtime stamp collector and stamp dealer from Massachusetts. A quiet patriot, he wore his Army jacket from his service during the Korean War into the 1970s and then gave it to me. When I moved to Indianapolis in 1980, I was already aware of the WWII story of the Portland class heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis from Jaws. As a newspaper reporter for The Indianapolis Star, I had interviewed the late Jim O'Donnell, the only survivor of the sinking who grew up and lived in Indianapolis and I had followed the efforts to build the memorial. I bought my Dad a U.S.S. Indianapolis hat, which he still has. Many years ago years ago, he had obtained a First Day postal cover featuring the launch of the submarine the U.S.S. Indianapolis and sent it to me. For those of you who are not stamp collectors, First Day Postal Covers are typically created to coincide with the release of a new U.S. postage stamp. The cover, or envelope, is typically decorated in the theme of the postage stamp that was issued and mailed on the first day of issue, typically from a city that is related to the stamp. This one was postmarked Indianapolis. I don't collect stamps any longer and wasn't sure what to do with it. Fortunately, I came across the 697crew website. My Dad will be pleased the postal cover now has a good home. Thank you to all you and your families for you commitment to our country and the sacrifices you have made to serve it.
6/18/2013 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.
* ONLINE REGISTRATION: To join the USS Indianapolis Survivors at their banquet, you may register and pay for your ticket online. Seating at the banquet is limited; pre-registration and a $75 fee is required.
* DONATIONS: 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 CafePress site with several new merchandise options which can be ordered online. Please note these items are different from what will be available at the reunion merchandise store. We hope you enjoy the expanded selection.
* 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 initial details:
Please 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 Association
5/20/2013 CA-35 Reunion initial details:
For the 697 Crew-
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 differs.
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,...
Can you help us? please email me!
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