Skip to main content

← Back to photo galleries

USS Indianapolis Survivor Verlin "Buzz" Fortin

Photos of the USS Indianapolis before it was sunk in 1945 by Japanese torpedoes, and one of the survivors on the 69th anniversary of the sinking.

Verlin "Buzz" Fortin, a World War II veteran who survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, poses with his old Navy photo at the Golden Oaks Senior Living Community in Yucaipa, California, on July 30, 2014.

Verlin "Buzz" Fortin, a World War II veteran who survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, poses with his old Navy photo at the Golden Oaks Senior Living Community in Yucaipa, California, on July 30, 2014.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

A cake at the Golden Oaks Senior Living Community in Yucaipa, California, on July 30, 2014, marks the 69th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

A cake at the Golden Oaks Senior Living Community in Yucaipa, California, on July 30, 2014, marks the 69th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

The USS Indianapolis at Pearl Harbor, circa 1937.

The USS Indianapolis at Pearl Harbor, circa 1937.

Credit: NHHC Operational Archives

A newspaper from August 15, 1945, broadcasts the news of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

A newspaper from August 15, 1945, broadcasts the news of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

Credit: indysurvivor.com

Some members of the crew of the USS Indianapolis before 1945.

Some members of the crew of the USS Indianapolis before 1945.

Credit: indysurvivor.com

The USS Indianapolis sails by New York Harbor before 1945.

The USS Indianapolis sails by New York Harbor before 1945.

Credit: NHHC Operational Archives

USS Indianapolis survivor Verlin "Buzz" Fortin poses with his great-granddaughters at the Golden Oaks Senior Living Community in Yucaipa, California, on July 30, 2014.

USS Indianapolis survivor Verlin "Buzz" Fortin poses with his great-granddaughters at the Golden Oaks Senior Living Community in Yucaipa, California, on July 30, 2014.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

A photo shows Verlin "Buzz" Fortin at age 89 and at age 18, when he served aboard the USS Indianapolis.

A photo shows Verlin "Buzz" Fortin at age 89 and at age 18, when he served aboard the USS Indianapolis.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

USS Indianapolis Verlin "Buzz" Fortin with his wife Viola "Vicky" Fortin.

USS Indianapolis Verlin "Buzz" Fortin with his wife Viola "Vicky" Fortin.

Photo by Greg DiGiovanni

Please stay on topic and be as concise as possible. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Community Discussion Rules. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus