Hey ladies! A friend of mine is trying to organize some surprise cards for some very dear men in our lives. They are the 11 sailors and 1 Marine remaining from the WWII heavy cruiser, USS Indianapolis CA-35. Anyone who knows me on here knows how dear the men od the ship are to me and my family. My husbands grandfather was a survivor. When he passed away 2 years ago there were 19 survivors.
For those who don't know the story of the Indy she was a glorious ship that without her and her crew WWII may have ended very differently. On July 30th 1945 she was sank, just days after delivering the atomic bomb. 1196 men were aboard and 5 days later they were accidently discovered. Only 316 of these honorable men survived the exposure, burns, injuries and shark attacks. Her sinking is still classified as the worst naval disaster in history with lives lost. Their mission also still holds maritime records for how quickly they were able to deliver the bomb. If you ever want to learn more (as this ship and crew were at most of the major battles earning 10 battle stars) and learn more.about her crew I highly recommend the documentary USS Indianapolis: The Legacy by Sara Vladic and the book USS Indinapolis by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic.
Please mail cards or letters no later than July 8th. They need to be there by Friday, July 12th.
22421 124th St E
Bonney Lake, WA
Thanks in advance for any love you want to show these men! The youngest will be turning 92 this month.
USS Indianpolis survivors remaining 6.9.2019 By Samothrace