legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., to honor the
sacrifice, perseverance, and bravery of the crew of the USS Indianapolis
with the Congressional Gold Medal has passed the U.S. House of
Representatives on a unanimous vote.
Gold Medal is the highest civilian recognition which Congress can award.
July 30 marked the
73rd anniversary of the shipís sinking in World War II. Donnellyís bill,
which he introduced in late 2017 with Senator Todd Young, R-Ind., passed the
Senate unanimously in August and now heads to President Trumpís desk to be
signed into law
Donnelly, a member
of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, ďThe crew of the USS
Indianapolis bravely served our country. Iím proud the House of
Representatives passed this bill and that it now heads to the presidentís
desk to be signed into law. This bipartisan effort will give those survivors
still living some of the recognition they deserve, and the families of the
crewmen no longer with us another opportunity to honor their legacy of
heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis was commissioned in 1932. She operated
from Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific during World War II, and served
as the flagship for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, earning 10 battle stars. After
midnight on July 30, 1945, an Imperial Japanese Navy submarine attacked the
USS Indianapolis, sinking the ship within minutes. Of the 1,195 U.S.
servicemembers on board, approximately 900 made it into the water. After
five days adrift in the Pacific Ocean, only 316 men survived.