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USS Indianapolis CA-35 was a Portland class heavy cruiser and earned 10 battle stars in World War Two. Commissioned at the end of 1932, she served as a flagship and presidential cruiser for President Roosevelt throughout the peace-time years leading up to the start of the war. Indianapolis is best known for the tragedy of her crew; on July 30th she was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-58 and sank in twelve minutes. About 900 men survived the torpedoing to spend the next four days in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats, food, or water. When spotted and rescued, only 316 remained.


  • USS Indianapolis Kamikaze strike,
  • Booklet of General Plans, January 1945
  • Links:

  • USS Indianapolis CA-35 -Navsource
  • USS San Francisco - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USSIndianapolis.org

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