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June 2, 2022

I am the nephew of Martin L. Burleson, one of the sailors that went down with the U.S.S. Indianapolis in 1945. Martins wife Barbra, my aunt, passed many years ago. They had a son and I lost track of them at that time of her death.  If there is any way to track their son named Marty please advise me.

Robert Asher
June 10, 2020

Our apologies if this is a redundant message, but we've been given one last group of email addresses in the hope that we'll reach USS Indianapolis family members who have photos of their loved one who served on the crew and there may be some overlap in our outreach. 

Our group has been busy working on a special keepsake commemorative book for the upcoming 75th Anniversary - but we still need your help!  We want every single crew member represented with a photo - it's time to make the crew list personal, because each man who served aboard Indy should be recognized as more than just a name - and that goes for  former crew & rescue crew

We have collected many photos, but we still have a large number that are missing.  Our group has compiled a list of crew members that  DO NOT  have photos on file. Please visit  (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE)  to check if your loved one is represented. If you have the photos of your family member in uniform, taken as close to the final sailing in 1945 as possible, and see that they are missing from the list, please email them to us here.

All photos must be submitted in digital format (scanned), unless you contact us and make other arrangements. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JUNE 12th (this coming FRIDAY), but if you have photos, and just can't access them at the moment due to quarantine restrictions, please let us know and we'll try to help figure something out.

USS Indianapolis Admin
Aug. 31, 2018

It was purely by chance that I came upon this website and updates on the USS Indianapolis. As a former Lt. in the Irish Naval Service Reserve and currently National PRO for the Irish Naval Association I have given several talks in Dublin on the loss of the Indianapolis and was fortunate to make contact with Ensign Twible, he sent me a lovely account of his terrible ordeal. That is a few years back and not sure if he is still with us. I send my prayers and best wishes to all the Indianapolis crew here and gone ahead of us.

Warmest regards,
Lt. Terry Cummins (Retd)
National PRO
Irish Naval Association

Feb. 5, 2018

Cletus LeBow posted on the first page that he was a survivor of the sinking. My father was an 18 year old boiler tender on the DE Cecil J. Doyle. He helped pull survivors from the ocean. It is possible that he pulled Mr. LeBow from the ocean.

Thank you,
Frank Pepper

Aug. 26, 2017

I am one of the 317 survivors from USS Indianapolis. I wanted everyone to know that I am alive and well at 93 years of age. I also want to say hello to all my former co-workers from General Telephone, anyone who remembers me can contact the webmaster who will put you in touch with me.

I am very happy that the great ship was finally found. I received a call early in the morning, before they released the news to the world. I knew she had been found before the navy did. May we remember all those who never made it home, may God bless their souls.

Cletaus Lebow
USS Indianapolis
Mar. 26, 2017

I still have 34 minutes left to the end of the film USS Indianapolis Men of Courage. I have to say, My heart go's out to the Men who lost their lives. I don't understand why it took so long for any kind of search. To the survivors and to the ones who lost loved ones, Our life is brief, you all paid the price for our freedom, It from the bottom and with all of my heart that I want to thank you. Words come and go., just like people. the Museum. will honor what happened., for ever and ever., Brave men you are. It hurts to know this has happened without sorrow of the enemy. From one Brother in Arms to the other., God Bless you all.

David C. Allen

Sept. 13, 2013

Do you have knowledge of or know of any public accessible information about the Indianapolis crew replacement on Guam just short of sailing for Leyte. A couple on online accounts state Indianapolis, after delivering 'bomb' components to Tinian on July 26, put into Guam for no more than one day, July 26 or 27. The accounts state there were sailors on board whose enlistments were up and needed to be replaced. How many needed to be replaced and how and where were they found in such a short time?

If it were a small number, say just a few, why would the history account make mention of a trivial matter? My father was stationed on Guam at that time on another ship, and later that year took part in the occupation of Yokohama, Japan. When we were children, I remember my father told my mother the following information, only he didn't say where: "One day they lined up a bunch of sailors on a pier/dock and called for volunteers. The sailors who volunteered went on a ship that was sunk with great loss of life." Any help in getting a clearer picture in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Bob Tilley

Reply 1.
Sept. 13, 2013

I just spoke to a survivor and he confirmed your story. There was a "swap" on Guam, but he does not know how many men were involved.

Michael W. Pocock

Apr. 20, 2012

My father served aboard the Indy from April 1936 to February 1938.  Other than the Goodwill Cruise, I can find no record of her activities during that time.  Do you know where I can find it?

Brian Crawford

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