Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
USS Indianapolis CA-35
Named in honor of our Capitol City, the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis keel was laid on 31 March 1930 and launched on 7 November 1931. She was accepted by the Navy and Commissioned on 15 November 1932. She was 610 feet 4 inches in length 66 feet 1 inch at the beam. Drawing 24 feet 10 inches of draft when fully manned and ready for sea. She boasted eight White-Forster boilers driving four Parsons geared turbines. Total rated horsepower was 107,000 delivered through four propellers. Her design flank speed exceeded 32 knots. Main armament consisted of nine 8-inch guns housed in three turrets, and a secondary armament of eight 5-inch guns. She began her thirteen year career as the Flagship of the Scouting Force, and later, the Scouting Fleet, prior to World War II. She served several times as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal Ship of State. Throughout most of World War II she
served as flagship of the Fifth Fleet under the Command of Adm. Raymond A. Spruance, USN, who was himself raised in Indianapolis. She distinguished herself and all who served aboard her during her career in the
at Okinawa. She was hit by a Kamakaze (suicide plane) causing 38 casualties. Following repairs, she was chosen to deliver the World’s first operational Atomic Bomb. Delivering it to the Island of Tinian on 26 July 1945. At approximately 14 minutes past Midnight on 30 July 1945, while transiting unescorted from Guam to Leyte Gulf, the Indianapolis was struck by two torpedoes fired by the submarine I-58 of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and sunk. The Indianapolis was the last surface ship to be lost by the United States in World War II. From Tinian the first Atomic Bomb was flown by the B-29 bomber Enola Gay, and dropped on Hiroshima Japan on 6 August
( Obverse Base )
( Sinking of the Indianapolis - - See attached link )
( List of the Crew - - See attached link )
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, World II • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 46.625′ N, 86° 9.883′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Memorial is on West Walnut Street west of North Senate Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Located at the end of West Walnut Street (follow the path to the right). Take along a picnic lunch and camera - it is a fine place to recall ship-mates and relax. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indiana Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Madame C.J. Walker Timeline (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Overall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jonas Salk (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Albert Einstein Wilbur and Orville Wright (approx. ¼ mile away); Andrew Carnegie (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
Also see . . .
1. Sinking of the Indianapolis::. (Submitted on May 21, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. List of the Crew::. (Submitted on May 21, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Video - - USS Indianapolis ::. (Submitted on May 21, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. Video - - "Last Enola Gay member recalls The Bomb" - (Courtesy - "YouTube)::. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
5. Video - - "Indiana War Memorial" (Courtesy - "Historic Indianapolis")::. (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,286 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 21, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.