Donnelly Recognizes 70th Anniversary of Sinking of USS Indianapolis

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released a video statement in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. The attack on the USS Indianapolis was commemorated in Indianapolis with a reunion over the weekend. 

Donnelly said, “On the 70th anniversary of the devastating attack on the USS Indianapolis, we honor the survivors and pay tribute to those we lost. To all the survivors: We are grateful for your extraordinary service, sacrifice, and heroism. To the families of those who perished: We will never forget your loved ones and what they gave up in defense of our nation. On behalf of all Hoosiers, let us show our respect and our gratitude by remembering this tragedy and all those who were touched by it, sharing their stories of courage and patriotism.” 

The USS Indianapolis was commissioned in 1932.  It operated from Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific escorting convoys and attacking enemy submarines during World War II.  After midnight on July 30, 1945, a Japanese submarine attacked the USS Indianapolis, and within minutes the vessel sank. Approximately 1,200 U.S. servicemembers were on board. After five days afloat in the Pacific Ocean, just more than 300 sailors survived. 

As part of Donnelly’s commitment to those who have served our country, the Senator’s office provides services to Hoosier veterans and their families. For more information on assistance with a federal agency, such as the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs, inquiries about medals, and other veterans’ resources—please visit call the Senator’s Indianapolis office at 317-226-5555.

Watch Senator Donnelly’s message here.


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