Indiana War Memorial to house museum recounting USS Indianapolis’ tale

Nov 11, 2006 03:47 PM CST

Indianapolis – One of Indiana’s largest war memorials will house a museum dedicated to the USS Indianapolis, the cruiser sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the closing days of World War Two.

Governor Daniels announced today during a Veterans Day address that the Indiana War Memorial will become home to a museum recounting the 13-year story of the USS Indianapolis, her crew, accomplishments and tragic end.

He says the exhibit is expected to be ready in late July 2007 to begin telling the story of the vessel, which was sunk on July 30th, 1945, in the Philippine Sea’s shark-infested waters by two torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine.

By the time rescuers arrived four days later, only 317 of its crew of nearly 1,200 men had survived, many of them eaten by sharks. Nearly 900 men were dead.

Just before its sinking, the USS Indianapolis had delivered to the Pacific island of Tinian the uranium-235 and other components of the atomic bomb later dropped on Hiroshima.

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