USS Indianapolis Survivors Gather in Indy for Annual Ceremony

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USS Indianapolis Survivors Gather in Indy for Annual Ceremony

More than 800 men died after the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1945.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Dozens of families gathered in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday and Sunday to mark the anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

The traditional wreath and rose ceremony was held Sunday at the USS Indianapolis Monument on the Canal Walk.

The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945.

The cruiser had 1,196 men on board. More than 800 men who survived the sinking died of exposure or from being eaten by sharks.

Only 316 men survived.  Those men and their families have been reuniting in Indianapolis since 1960.

Sunday’s ceremony included 14 families of those lost at sea.

(Photo by WISH-TV.)

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