James “Jimmy” O’Donnell
USS Indianapolis Survivor and Indianapolis Resident
As a survivor of the USS Indianapolis,
I feel that a museum with all its memorabilia and artifacts telling
the story of the ship and bravery of her crew and that “never
give up” is very appropriate. It will be visited for generations
to come by people interested in the history of World War II and
how our freedom in this country was won.
I feel it is very important
to keep this story alive for the younger generation and the educational
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
I want to express my support for your efforts to build a museum
to preserve the memory of those lost in the USS Indianapolis tragedy
nearly sixty years ago.
I have had the chance to visit with some
of the remaining survivors. They convey in vivid detail and with
emotion the events surrounding this naval disaster. We would
be well served to capture this oral history in a way that can
be shared with generations to come. The building of a museum
in the ship’s namesake city is a fitting
way both to pay tribute to the men of the USS Indianapolis and
to educate our young people about the ship and the role its crew
played in World War II.
I would encourage others to join me in support
for this important undertaking. The museum will be a wonderful
addition to the many memorials and historic exhibits honoring our
veterans here in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis is home to
a national memorial to the men of the USS Indianapolis. It stands
prominently along the Downtown Canal Walk, where countless residents
and visitors pause to remember the sacrifices of the “Greatest Generation.” It
is a memorial in which I take great pride. The museum will be
an ideal compliment to the memorial by educating future generations
of the heroism and courage demonstrated by the sailors of the
Richard G. Lugar
United States Senator, Indiana
I was pleased to learn about the mission and plan to build a museum
in Indianapolis to commemorate the role this great warship and
its brave crew played in World War II. I commend the professional
volunteers for taking on such a worthy project.
I have always believed in the importance
of preserving the noble heritage of service and sacrifice borne
by the Americans in times of war. The tragic fate of so many
crew members of the USS Indianapolis during the final hours of
World War II is an especially important event in this nation’s
history that must be remembered by future generations of Americans.
This museum will ensure that the sacrifices of these Sailors
are never forgotten.
As a former Mayor of Indianapolis, I especially
appreciate how our city’s many fine memorials and museums contribute to
the city’s character and reputation. This museum would be
a fitting complement to the USS Indianapolis memorial on the North
Canal. I wish you and your organization every success in this endeavor.
United States Senator, Indiana
The fate of the USS Indianapolis changed the course of World War
II and the bravery of those aboard and the mission must never be
forgotten. The USS Indianapolis National Memorial recently erected
along the Canal commemorates the tragedy and honors the survivors.
While the memorial is a wonderful addition to this state, the need
for future generations to learn about the mission is essential.
A museum filled with information, artifacts, and survival stories
of the USS Indianapolis will be a fitting way to continue sharing
the legacy for years to come.
I strongly support the efforts of the USS Indianapolis Museum
and the Survivors Organization to build this museum, and I hope
to be of assistance in anyway I possibly can.
Julia Carson, Member of Congress
It is an honor and a pleasure to serve
in Congress. Among its greatest satisfactions is the power to
do good, taking aim to right real wrongs, large and small. As
I learned the details of the tragedy from the survivors and from
a school child named Hunter Scott – how
the crew performed distinguished and dangerous service; how the
ship was forgotten; how the torpedoes tore through the hull; how
the crew was lost, then some rescued; how they were discovered
by chance – I decided that I would and should and could use
a small part of the power of the people of Indianapolis to bring
honor to those who came home and their shipments who did not.
Most of us will never be asked nor expected
to put our lives on the line. The study of those who did and
who gave so much in doing so bears our respectful attention in
order that we may better learn the meaning-the shape-of sacrifice.
The remarkable strength and inspiration offered here will contribute
greatly to the undertaking. As this museum collects artifacts
about the lore of the USS Indianapolis and communicates the crew’s
personal stories, we will be able to safeguard, share and pass
along the lessons of this tragedy to a wider audience, to the
Dr. Suellen Reed
Superintendent of Public Instruction
In Indiana’s schools, we work to
teach our students about the rich history of our state, our nation,
and the world. We recognize that these stories from our past
must be told to each new generation, so they might know and honor
the efforts and sacrifices of those who came before us.
The service of the USS Indianapolis and her brave crew is an important
part of this history. A museum dedicated to the USS Indianapolis would be a fitting and lasting tribute, a wonderful addition to
our state, and a valuable educational opportunity for Hoosier students.
State Adjutant Disabled American Veterans
On behalf of the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Indiana,
we are honored to assist your organization in creating a USS Indianapolis Museum. Since our organization is comprised of veterans who bear
the scars of war, both physical and mental, it is only proper that
we perpetuate the sacrifices of the made by the crew of the USS
Stephen W. Short
Department Adjutant The American Legion, Department of Indiana
As a former U.S. History teacher, a veteran
and a resident of the greater Indianapolis area, I can think
of no greater tribute to our city and to our veteran population
than to be home to a museum honoring the USS Indianapolis. Indianapolis
is second only to our nation’s capital in number and quality of memorials
honoring our country’s veterans.
I fully endorse the efforts of the USS Indianapolis Museum volunteers
in their efforts to create a solemn and fitting tribute to these
brave sailors and Marines who suffered on our behalf literally
to the end of World War II. This worthy project should be supported
by all Hoosiers.