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sky asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 8 years ago

Looking for U.S.S. Indianapolis information?

I recently purchased two old WWII letters and a yard sale and they were addressed to

"A. James Kearns Jr. S1/C

U.S.S. Indianapolis, Division #7

C/O Fleet P.O.

San Francisco, CA"

The letters are from 1943, and I'm trying to find out if he was on the ship when it sank it 1945. Now, I've never tried to do any research to look up a serviceman before, so I don't really know where to start. I have done a lot of prior research of the Indianapolis, though checking their website yielded no luck. The woman I bought the letters from at the yard sale also had no idea where they came from so no dice there either. I guess I'm just looking for any useful tips on how to find information, maybe some website leads as well. Thank you!

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  • 8 years ago
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    "The letters are from 1943, and I'm trying to find out if he was on the ship when it sank it 1945."

    No, he was not a member of the final crew.

    The Final Crew of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

    http://www.ussindianapolis.org/crew.htm

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  • 8 years ago

    There was a James A. Kearns, Jr. (1916-1993) who lived in Missouri. Don't know if he's the same one or not.

    Source(s): www.familysearch.org
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  • hawk
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    i'm undecided what your query is, yet once you will write relating to the united statesIndianapolis, you're able to be conscious that countless different books and a minimum of one play have been written on that subject. attempt counting on a bookseller's website and notice what you hit upon. a number of them might point out your great-grandfather. additionally, scientific records from W. W. II could be obtainable to descendants of deceased veterans. another records could be obtainable too, yet many records have been destroyed in a hearth.

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  • 8 years ago

    http://www.ussindianapolis.org/crew.htm

    google found this ... took about 45 seconds. Kearns was NOT on board in 1945.

    Source(s): grampa
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  • Mark F
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    12 seconds and Google - the crew list on the day she sank:

    http://ussindianapolis.org/crew.htm

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