MILLINGTON, Tenn. (WISH) – The Navy announced Thursday that the status of 13 sailors who were lost in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945 has been changed from “missing” to “buried at sea.”
The USS Indianapolis sank on July 30, 1945, after being hit by two Japanese torpedoes. His last top-secret mission was to deliver parts of the first atomic bomb.
This change in status is the result of research by the Naval History and Heritage Command, Navy Casualty Office, USS Indianapolis Survivors Association, USS Indianapolis Legacy Organization, and Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation.
This information brings closure to the families of sailors who lost their lives to help end World War II.
“Nothing is more important to me than giving families that knowledge when the unthinkable happens,” says Captain Robert McMahon, director of the Navy Casualty Office.
He says he takes to heart that it is his solemn obligation and duty to bring this type of closure to families, no matter how long.
About 300 of the 1,195 sailors sank with their ship.
We remember the names of these sailors:
- Leading Seaman George Stanley Abbott – Bedford, Kentucky
- Able Seaman Eugene Clifford Batson – Kansas City, Kansas
- Gunner’s Mate 1st Class William Alexander Haynes – Homedale, Idaho
- Able Seaman Albert Raymond Kelly – Cleveland, Ohio
- Leading Seaman Albert Davis Lundgren – Washington, D.C.
- Firefighter 1st Class Ollie McHone – Mars Hill, Arkansas
- Able Seaman George David Payne – Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Storekeeper 3rd Class Alvin Wilder Rahn – Hamlet, North Carolina
- Ship’s Cook 3rd Class Jose Antonio Saenz – Edinburg, Texas
- Helmsman Charles Byrd Sparks – Birmingham, Alabama
- Radioman 2nd Class Joseph Mason Strain – Creston, Iowa
- SSML3 Angelo Anthony Sudano – Niles, Ohio
- Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Floyd Ralph Wolfe – Turner, Oregon