CONTACT: Lisa Johnson, Director of Marketing
Date: November 11, 2008 | Time: 7:00 pm
Location: College of The Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC
College of The Albemarle, (Route 17 in Elizabeth City), is pleased to host a special event on Veterans’ Day to honor the service and sacrifice of all those who have served in our Armed Forces. Held in COA’s Auditorium, this program will feature survivors of the USS INDIANAPOLIS, which was torpedoed and sunk in the final days of World War II. Survivors of the blast spent five days at sea – unaware that their SOS calls had been ignored. Please join us to hear the harrowing ordeal of 317 brave men who fought for their lives - battling shark attacks, severe burns, dehydration, starvation, the effects of salt water and dementia. Learn the story behind the Indianapolis’ secret mission, its dramatic sinking, and the accidental rescue of its survivors. Hear about the subsequent – and controversial - court-martial of ship’s Captain Charles Butler McVay. After an exciting multi-media presentation, local crewmember/survivor - Felton Outland of Sunbury, NC - and two of his fellow sailors will share their stories and answer questions about this tragic event. A crewmember from one of the Navy rescue ships will also be on hand to recount the dramatic rescue efforts and on-board medical treatment protocols that were followed.
For more information please call Lisa Johnson, COA Public Information Officer, at 252-335-0821, ext. 2255.