Survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II will gather at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis from July 29-Aug. 1.
The men will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the sinking of their ship and honor their lost shipmates -- those who perished in 1945 and those who have passed away since the disaster.
Approximately 25 surviving USS Indianapolis crewman are expected at the reunion.
Fewer than 60 of the 317 survivors are still alive today.
The USS Indianapolis was a highly decorated heavy cruiser throughout the Pacific war, but was sunk by enemy torpedoes July 30, 1945.
The USS Indianapolis had just completed the important mission of delivering component parts of the first atomic bomb to the US Air Base at Tinian.
The crewman who survived the sinking spent nearly five days in shark-infested waters before finally being discovered and rescued by the Navy.
By that time, only 317 of a crew of nearly 1,200 were still alive.
The sinking of the ship was the Navy's worst open sea disaster.
Survivors, along with their families and friends will attend the four-day reunion. Educational displays and entertainment programs are scheduled daily and most are open to the public.
Survivors will also be available to meet and greet the general public.
Tickets are $75 for the banquet Saturday, July 31.
Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by July 10.
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The reunion will conclude with a memorial service at 9 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 1.
The public is invited to attend the service that will take place at the USS Indianapolis Monument, located at the end of the Canal Walk, near the intersection of Senate Avenue and Walnut Street in Indianapolis.