The Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Property in Amarillo experienced a rapid ceremony Monday morning to ship off Globe War II veteran Cleatus Lebow, one particular of two residing survivors of the USS Indianapolis, which was sunk during an assault from Japanese Forces on July 30, 1945. Departing at close to 8:30 a.m. with an honor escort including initially responders, Lebow will travel from Amarillo to a reunion at the Nationwide Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg for a 3-working day occasion honoring of the bravery and sacrifices of all company associates who served aboard the unwell-fated USS Indianapolis.
Enduring 5 arduous times afloat in the South Pacific immediately after the attack, Lebow arrived away as just one of 316 gentlemen aboard of extra than 1,100 males who survived the torpedo attack from a Japanese submarine.
This is the 77th anniversary of the U.S.S. Indianapolis Reunion. Lebow is now the oldest residing survivor at 98 yrs aged, and it is one particular of his previous chances to meet up with fellow survivor Harold Bray, who is 94 several years outdated.
“I am seriously fired up to make this excursion I have not noticed Bray or family members users in a long time,” Lebow mentioned. “With the special bond that we have, this really signifies some thing to satisfy once again.”
Lee Persefield, the onsite agent for the Veterans Land Board, spoke about the gravity of the function, with the possibility of this becoming the final time these excellent men fulfill, thanks to their ages.
“It’s a good honor for us to have Mr. Lebow dwelling with us and to be in a position to take him to this reunion with his remaining crew associates at this event,” Persefield reported. “We are thrilled (and) enthusiastic to be a element of this, specially with all the volunteers and partners that are supporting to make this occur.”
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