Why there will be interest...

The sinking of the USS Indianapolis represents one of the worst at-sea disaster in U.S. Navy history and the worst at-sea disaster of World War II.   

World War II history is on center stage as an interest category with all generations.

Powerful educational message for all generations.  

People will be interested in learning more about the historic cruiser, those who served, its World War II contribution and viewing the thousands of artifacts, letters, photographs and memorabilia.

The history of the USS Indianapolis as the “Ship of State” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

More than 20 books have been written about the USS Indianapolis.

Countless numbers of newspaper and magazine articles have appeared on the subject.

Through the efforts of teenager Hunter Scott in 2000, The United States Congress passed a resolution that USS Indianapolis Captain Charles McVay’s military record should now reflect that he is exonerated for the loss of the USS Indianapolis and so many of her crew.

The sunken Japanese Submarine I-58 responsible for the USS Indianapolis sinking was found and featured in a Discovery Channel program.

Currently there is a full-length motion picture in production by Universal Studios, based on the USS Indianapolis history and the book, Left for Dead about the efforts of teenager Hunter Scott to exonerate Captain Charles McVay.

The Discovery Channel sent noted undersea explorer Curt Newport out to locate the USS Indianapolis. While unsuccessful, the search was a Discovery Channel feature program.

A&E and the History Channel continue to air their USS Indianapolis documentary program.

There are more than 360 Navy and Maritime museums in the United States, 125 of them are dedicated to the history of a specific Navy ship or vessel.

Interest in World War II Navy history is so high the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago raised $35 million to restore the German U-505 submarine and to create a World War II pavilion at the museum.

Little Boy
USS Indianapolis delivered components for the first atomic bomb to the Island of Tinian. Little Boy is being loaded on board the B-29 Enola Gay.


Gwinn and crew
Pilot Lt. Wilbur Gwinn and his crew who first spotted the survivors in the water.


Commissioning Celebration