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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:

"Plans are progressing for our next Survivors Reunion to be held August 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Reunion details will be posted as they are received - plan to make your reservations ASAP mention CA-35 Reunion.....Bob


Jim Belcher 8:27am Aug 6
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.


For the 697 Crew-

From:  Garth Smitman   


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!

   By Dr. Joyce Brothers "1963"


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 risk.

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 service."

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.

Emotionally Healthy

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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