Thursday, January 10, 2013

James O'Donnell....

Sorry this is so blurry. This is a photo of James O'Donnell., he died yesterday at the age of 92. He was our last survivor of the USS Indianapolis.  He was awarded the Purple Heart, The Asiatic Pacific Medal with 5 stars, and the Medal of Peace.  O'Donnell was one of the 317 men to survivor the sinking of the USS Indianapolis , that had 1,200 men on board.O'Donnell joined the city of Indianapolis' fire department in 1946 and retired from there in 1981. He joined the board of directors for the USS Indianapolis Memorial Organization in 1990.He is survived by his wife of 70 years. They had their 70th anniversary on New Year's Eve. What a beautiful soul.  xo


  1. He lived a long, good life! What an outstanding man! xo Nellie

  2. God bless his wife as she mourns his loss. He is safe on the other shore- xo Diana

  3. These men were such heroes! Our daughter had the good fortune to interview some of them at one time and fell in love with them.

    We are losing so many of our WW II veterans every day.

  4. What an amazing life he led. his wife will miss him greatly I'm sure after so many years.

  5. Dear Susie,
    Thanks for having this on your post. I had not heard of it, and I respect those men from the Indianapolis so very much.
    May he rest in peace.

  6. May this special man rest in peace. My condolences to his wife.

  7. G'd rest his soul. Thanks for sharing his legacy with us.

  8. Hey Susie!
    I just did a post and did a link back to you.
    Thanks again for your post.

  9. That is amazing!! I can't imagine there are many marriages that last 70 years!! Great post.....