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James Edward “Jimmy” O’Donnell (1920-2013) was a native of Indianapolis and one of only 317 survivors of perhaps the greatest U.S. naval tragedy of all time, the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis on July 30, 1945.
O’Donnell graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis and began working at Allison. Drafted into the US Navy in early 1944, he was assigned to the USS Indianapolis. On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was assigned to pick up two crates in San Francisco and
Date created: 2009
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