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USS Indianapolis Film at The Virginia Theatre

October 20, 2016

We’ve had the great honor of printing t-shirts and providing embroidered garments for the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization for the past few years.  Local organizer and daughter of Don McCall, one of the survivors, Peggy Campo shared this description for the new documentary film screening this weekend at the Virginia Theatre. 

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Hello friends—I’m very excited to announce that the documentary USS Indianapolis: The Legacy will be shown in our community.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Virginia Theatre USS Indianapolis Poster

203 W. Park, Champaign

Tickets may be purchased at the Virginia Theatre box office, on-line at thevirginia.org, or by phone at 217-356-9063.

More About the Event

The film tells the extraordinary true story of the World War II heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis through exclusive, first-person accounts, rare WWII footage, and previously-unpublished photographs.

After fighting battles throughout the war, the flagship of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet in WWII delivered the first operational atomic bomb to the island of Tinian on July 26, 1945. Upon being deployed to the Philippines, the USS Indianapolis was hit by torpedoes from a Japanese submarine, splitting the ship to the keel.  The Indianapolis sank in only twelve minutes.

The men who survived the blasts abandoned ship but were left floating in the open sea for five days in shark infested water.  When they were rescued, of the crew of 1,197 Sailors and Marines, only 317 lived to tell of the ordeal.

Local survivors Don McCall of Champaign and Art Leenerman of Mahomet are featured in this documentary. 

USS Indianapolis: The Legacy is told through 104 gripping interviews with survivors, rescuers, and family members of both those who survived and those who were lost at sea.  The saga covers the promising beginnings and devastating fate of the celebrated ship, the miraculous rescue of her surviving crewmembers and how those men fought together for 54 years to clear the name of their embattled captain.  USS Indianapolis: The Legacy is a moving, inspirational film experience unlike any other.

Following its May 2016 world premiere at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington, DC, filmmaker Sara Vladic received the award for Best Director.  At the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego, USS Indianapolis: The Legacy was honored with Best Documentary Feature, Local Choice, and Audience Choice awards.

Over generations, countless men and women have bravely served our country to protect the freedoms we hold most dear.  Their sacrifice should not be forgotten.

I look forward to seeing you at the Virginia Theatre on October 22.

Peggy McCall Campo