Lecture Series in Partnership with the Wellesley Free Library

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7pm

The Loss of the USS Indianapolis

A virtual lecture with Bob Begin

About the Talk

This is the story of the USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser serving in the pacific theater during WWII with a crew of 1,195 men. Bob Begin will discuss the ship’s sinking on July 30th, 1945 after taking two direct hits from Japanese torpedoes, the rescue of the 316 surviving crewmen several days later, and the controversy over accountability which spanned decades.

USS Indianapolis (CA-35). Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 10 July 1945, after her final overhaul and repair of combat damage. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. (19-N-86911)

About Bob Begin

Bob Begin was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. After attending Babson College (Class of 1965) Begin was drafted and served in the Army for two years. Following his service in the Army, Begin spent 35 years working in the paper converting industry. Begin is now semi-retired, giving him more time to focus on his love of history, particularly naval history. Today he lives in Needham with his wife Mary, they have two boys and four grandchildren. Begin says he is one of the luckiest guys he knows.


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