11 A.M.-1 P.M., Bldg. 22, Washington Navy Yard, DC
On 30 July 1945, USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-58 after delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the air base at Tinian. She sunk in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. Only 317 survived.
Today's spotlight will feature items that Sailors would have had aboard ship and in the water. Also, learn the details of the talk that will share how the U.S. Navy helped to find the wreck.