Welcome home rally for Cleatus Lebow, USS Indianapolis Survivor
Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA)
10801 Airport Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79111
America- Celebrate, Honor and Serve
Re: Welcome home rally for Cleatus Lebow, USS Indianapolis Survivor
Date of Event: Sunday, July 21st
Wear your red, white and blue and bring your flags to show him our support.
The sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II was the US Navy’s worst tragedy at sea. Eight hundred and eighty sailors died, and only 317 survived. The Indianapolis delivered to the U.S. base on the island of Tinian the atomic bomb components which were ultimately used to construct the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
Four days after leaving Tinian, the Indianapolis was hit by two Japanese torpedoes that sank the ship in 12 minutes. The men spent five days and four nights in the Pacific Ocean. No one came to look for them because it was a secret mission and the Navy Command did not know the ship was missing. A plane searching for enemy submarines saw something and flew closer to the water. What the pilot saw were the sailors’ heads bobbing in the water. As the plane approached, the men began to wave. The plane radioed for help and a rescue boat later arrived. The sailors who served aboard the USS Indianapolis carried the weapon that ultimately won the war, and they endured unthinkable horrors in the harrowing ordeal at sea.
Today there are only 12 survivors of the USS Indianapolis left. For over seventy years, each year at the end of July, they have a reunion in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Cleatus Lebow of Memphis, Texas is one of the survivors. On Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 3:50 pm, on American Flight #5984. Please join us at Rick Husband Airport to welcome home this brave sailor as he returns from his last reunion of the USS Indianapolis. The crew of the USS Indianapolis was awarded by Congress the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award given by Congress for service to your Country. The President signed in December, 2018.
Please contact Melissa Kalka at 806-678-0477 for additional information.