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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Onboard Views, 1932-1945

This page features views taken on board USS Indianapolis throughout her service.

Other views taken on board this ship will be found in:
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: May 1934 Naval Review off New York City; and
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: Presidential South American Tour, 1936.

Additional pictures of Indianapolis will be found on the following pages:
USS Indianapolis, selected views;
USS Indianapolis in 1932-1941;
USS Indianapolis in 1942;
USS Indianapolis in 1943;
USS Indianapolis in 1944;
USS Indianapolis in 1945;
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: Miscellaneous World War II activities;
Loss of USS Indianapolis, 30 July 1945.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the Online Library's digital images, see "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Photo #: NH 83939

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Crewmen holding one of her life rings, circa 1935.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Vice Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 72KB; 580 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 64858

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Ship's new Commanding Officer, Captain Henry Kent Hewitt, USN, inspects her Marine Detachment, as he assumes command, 16 March 1936.
Also in the reviewing party are the ship's Executive Officer, Commander Theodore S. Wilkinson (left) and First Lieutenant John D. Blanchard, USMC.
Marines are "Presenting Arms" with M1903 rifles.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 590 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 70293

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Ship's complement and flag contingent posed on the forecastle and forward 8" turrets and superstructure, while anchored at Berth Number One, Long Beach, California, in the last half of 1937.
Seated in the front row, center, is Vice Admiral William T. Tarrant, Commander, Scouting Force, U.S. Fleet.
To his left, also in front row, is Captain Thomas C. Kinkaid, Commanding Officer of USS Indianapolis.
Donation of Captain Fred W. Conner, USMC(Retired), 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 111KB; 740 x 615 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-21743

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


African-American Mess Attendants in battle dress, July 1942. These men had volunteered for additional duty as gunners.
The ship's Commanding Officer, Captain E.W. Hanson, is the second officer from the right. Standing beside him is Steward William Henry.
A few of these men are wearing old World War I style helmets, while most have the then-new M-1 type helmets.

Identity of ship and men was provided by Mr. William Henry in October 1996.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 85KB; 740 x 605 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: NH 94639

"Mail Bouy Watch"


Aboard USS Indianapolis (CA-35) in the Bering Sea, 10 March 1943.
This photo represents a learning experience sometimes visited upon "green" recruits by older and wiser crew members.

Collection of Vice Admiral Robert C. Giffen, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 63KB; 590 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 62778

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet, (center), with
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas (left) and
Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, Commander, Fifth Fleet, (right),
on board the Fifth Fleet Flagship, 18 July 1944.
Admiral King was then visiting U.S. forces in the newly-captured Marianas.
Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 66KB; 740 x 625 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 53233

Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, USN
,
Commander, Fifth Fleet

With his staff, on board USS Indianapolis (CA-35), circa 1944-1945.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 87KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-336932

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Members of the ship's crew pose in the well deck, during World War II.
Photograph was taken prior to her final overhaul (completed in July 1945), as life rafts are of a different pattern than carried after that overhaul.
Photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Science Laboratory on 24 August 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 123KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 

Additional pictures of Indianapolis will be found on the following pages:
USS Indianapolis, selected views;
USS Indianapolis in 1932-1941;
USS Indianapolis in 1942;
USS Indianapolis in 1943;
USS Indianapolis in 1944;
USS Indianapolis in 1945;
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: May 1934 Naval Review off New York City;
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: Presidential South American Tour, 1936;
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: Miscellaneous World War II activities;
Loss of USS Indianapolis, 30 July 1945.

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31 December 1998