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 Pacific. Earning a total of ten Battle Stars: ★ Bougainville & Salamaua-Lae raids on February 1942 ★ Aleutians Operations in March 1943 ★ Gilbert Islands Operations November 1943
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 1945. The Atom Bombs brought about the early end of the war saving an estimated two million lives that would have been lost on both sides in an invasion of the Japanese Home Islands. The Empire
( Obverse Base )
( Sinking of the Indianapolis - - See attached link )
( List of the Crew - - See attached link )
Location. 39° 46.625′ N, 86° 9.883′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is on West Walnut Street west of North Senate Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. 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. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indiana Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp Sullivan (Military Park) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crispus Attucks High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Greek Orthodox Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Isaac Blackford (approx. half a mile away); Bulgarian Orthodox Church (approx. half a mile away); 1907 Indiana Eugenics Law (approx. half a 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.)
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,199 times since then and 39 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.