The Indianapolis was a fast ship chosen to deliver parts for the atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima, though no one aboard the ship knew what the secret cargo was. Survivors credit themselves with helping end World War II. Eleven days after they delivered bomb parts to Tinian, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Sixty years later, about 60 of the roughly 90 remaining survivors from the USS Indianapolis recently had a reunion in the ship’s namesake city. Speakers at their four-day event included Navy Secretary Gordon England, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and US Representative Julia Carson. Reunions, once held every five years, now take place every two because there are fewer survivors.
From a story by Kelly Cuculiansky in the Courier-Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana.