USS Indpls Future Course

2008 Indianapolis Air Show

The USS Indianapolis Museum hosted a tent at the Indianapolis Air Show and talked with many members of the public about the history of the ship and the sacrifices of the final crew. The USS Indianapolis Survivor's Organization was housed in a tent next to the museum site. Both groups were assisted by the Naval Sea Cadets Corps.



Two Indianapolis Area Sea Cadets holding a photo of the USS Indianapolis Commissioning. Find out more about the Sea Cadets by clicking here.

Special Presentation by NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski


Brad Keselowski looking at photos of the USS Indianapolis and her crew


The USS Indianapolis Museum hosted an event featuring the driver of the U.S. Navy No. 88 Nascar Brad Keselowski and Rear Admiral Mark A. Hugel, Naval Sea Systems Command Friday, July 25th at the USS Indianapolis Museum located in the Indiana War Memorial. The presentation took place in the Patton room.

Navy driver Brad Keselowski and Rear Admiral Hugel made a special presentation to USS Indianapolis Survivor Jimmy O’Donnell and Lost at Sea families by announcing the USS Indianapolis CA-35 would be designated a Navy Fleet Honoree. With this honor, the USS Indianapolis name appeared on the Navy No. 88 car for the Nascar Nationwide race on Saturday, July 26 at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.

Following the presentation, attendees were able to obtain driver autographs and photographs and meet USS Indianapolis Survivor Jimmy O’Donnell, Rear Admiral Hugel and other Navy officers from Naval Sea Systems Command visiting from around the country.

Brad and the Navy Nascar team are having a great year.  Brad is considered one of the “young guns” of Nascar and is expected to join the Sprint Cup Series in the future. The Navy Nascar team is owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Winners of the USS Indianapolis/Gwinn Angel Fund Announced

Five recipients of the USS Indianapolis/Gwinn Angel scholarship award were recently named.  Descendents of Survivors and Lost at Sea are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  More information on the scholarship can be found at

Below are links to the winning essays:

Lauren Brown, Granddaughter of Survivor Paul Murphy

Kelsey Cavanagh, Granddaughter of Survivor Ed Brown

Kaitlin Dupon, Great Granddaughter of Ralph Engelsman, Lost at Sea

Kasi McWha, Great Niece of Ray Johnson, Lost at Sea

Tina Simpson, Granddaughter of Survivor Andre Sospizio


USS INDIANAPOLS and USS INDIANA Silver Returns Home to Indiana for Display in the USS Indianapolis Museum


USS Indianapolis Museum Board with Indiana First Lady, Cheri Daniels with the Silver Service.



Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels, with USS Indianapolis Museum board members, unveiled the silver service to the media, guests and United States Navy representatives. “Adding these distinctive pieces to the Museum’s collection means so much to the USS INDIANAPOLIS survivors, Lost at Sea families and families of all men who served on her,” Daniels said.

In a joint initiative by the USS Indianapolis Museum, and the Office of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, the silver service on display on board the USS NIMITZ aircraft carrier, was requested from the United States Navy after 76 years at sea on various Navy ships.


The USS Indianapolis Museum Puts A Call Out for any USS Indianapolis and Associated Artifacts.

The Museum continues to receive or uncover more artifacts documenting the history of the USS Indianapolis. The Museum is putting out an official call to Survivors, families, individuals or organizations with any USS Indianapolis artifacts to consider donating them. The Museum is accepting donations of any artifacts from the moment it was decided to build the USS Indianapolis through the current day. For example, artifacts include items such as crew and family personal affects, artifacts from individuals who participated in the location, rescue, medical care and rehabilitation of the Survivors, pictures, documents, ship building plans and records, books, diaries, stories, any recorded audio and video, clothing, patches, flags, etc. Securing and documenting these artifacts at The Museum will help record and educate everyone about the USS Indianapolis history for all generations past, present and in the future. If you have any artifacts to donate, or know of a location of an artifact(s), please contact the museum at 317-769-6014 or visit our web site at:

The last 18 months have been amazing for the museum. And with your continued support, we expect the future to bring even more growth and exciting news for The USS Indianapolis Museum!