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USS Indianapolis survivors perhaps in last reunion

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By The Associated Press
Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 1:51 p.m.
 

INDIANAPOLIS — Survivors of the USS Indianapolis sinking during World War II have gathered in the ship's namesake city for what could be their final large-scale reunion.

Eighty-six-year-old Harold Bray of Benicia, Calif., was among the 317 members of the ship's nearly 1,200-person crew who survived the July 1945 sinking by a Japanese submarine and four days in shark-infested Pacific Ocean waters.

Bray says the 38 remaining survivors are now in their late 80s and early 90s and traveling to reunions is too taxing for many of them.

More than a dozen survivors are meeting Friday afternoon to decide whether to continue the annual reunions.

Bray says whatever their decision, the survivors will keep telling the story of the naval disaster and their survival for as long as possible.

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