VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The USS Indianapolis 697 submarine, which was in service back in the 1980s and 1990s during the Cold War, now has its own memorial at the Indiana Military Museum.
The cell from the submarine was originally supposed to be placed in Indianapolis, but representatives from the Vincennes museum were able to claim it as part of their impressive display of military artifacts.
Those in attendance for the memorial, particularly members of the crews that served on the submarine, say this is a spectacular way to honor an important part of military history.
“I actually served three tours on board the submarine Indianapolis, last one as Captain from 1997 to 1999, so for me personally, this is the submarine that I spent my 20s and 30s and actually my 40th birthday on and so much of my life was spent on this submarine, and so it has a very personal meaning for me, and I’m just so happy that we can see it here at the Indiana Military Museum,” said retired Navy Captain William Toti.
Captain Toti says this submarine was named after the World War II cruiser that sunk in 1945, also named USS Indianapolis.