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USS Indianapolis: The Legacy
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USS Indianapolis: The Legacy
Quotes from Educators, School Administrators & Military Cadets
Prior to watching this documentary, I knew very little about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and sad to say that the little knowledge I have about it was not even so much about the history of the ship itself and its role in WWII but the story of the aftermath of the infamous shark attacks. Partly to blame is perhaps the lack of coverage in our existing history books and the attention and focus given to the shark storyline. I frankly don’t even recall reading anything about it in my history classes nor do I remember any of my history teacher mention it.
This documentary not only did a great job in educating me about the ship’s history and the roles that its crew members played but more importantly, it gave me a greater appreciation of the sacrifices each of the crew members made. It was so impactful to me that I found myself searching the Internet for more stories and articles about the ship and its crew immediately after watching it.
As an educator, we always want our students to learn more than what’s printed in our textbooks or what’s written on our boards. We always try to supplement our teaching with activities, projects, and field trips to make learning more engaging and meaningful. When we can, we often strive to make history come to life. Watching this documentary is the closest you have to having the story of the USS Indianapolis come to life without leaving the classroom. The firsthand account of its survivors tells the real story of that ship and every generation, young and old, should see it. The crewmembers‘ amazing stories left a long lasting impact on me and I’m sure it will do the same for anyone who watches it. It’s now history I’ll never forget!
I thoroughly enjoyed the lunch viewing of the USS Indianapolis documentary. Prior to watching the film, I had no idea what the sailors of the ship had gone through to survive. Hearing and seeing firsthand accounts of the survivors transformed my knowledge of the USS Indianapolis from just a memorized fact, to an incredible story of people enduring hardship and surviving the odds at sea."
US Air Force Academy Cadet
USS Indianapolis: The Legacy is a stirring and empowering documentary that illustrates why it is important to remember the past. It’s a story about war, the military, leadership, compassion, sacrifice, honor and justice. For educators, the film provides jumping off points for discussion and further investigation. Every school and institution which values American history should show this film and integrate it into their programs.
Filmmaker & President
West Point Parents Club of Central Florida
I was amazed how moved I was by the Legacy documentary. I have been in education for 12 years and this was one of the most insightful, engaging and academically enriching stories visually told.
The Indianapolis Story should be in schools across the country. The way you have conveyed this powerful story will not only educate our students on a topic not known by many but it will move them! Truly move them. It's a must see for our students and school systems. Thank you for sharing!
Dr. Shalen Bishop
Timothy Christian Academy
The USS Indianapolis Legacy film creates a bridge to our forgotten historical past that is not in any school textbook. The film shines a light on this lost history so it can finally be known, embraced, and acknowledged.
The legacy film should be shown in every classroom in this country...to remind us all that some of the gifts, blessings and freedoms that we all have today were paid for by the 880 USS Indianapolis boys lost at sea, and the 317 survivors who miraculously survived five days at sea.
Legacy film has something to teach all of us, especially the younger Millennials of today, if they are willing to watch, listen and learn.
Teacher, afterschool coordinator, and tutor
Boston & Connecticut
I truly did gain a lot of information from the viewing and discussion session. I definitely enjoyed both the viewing and the discussion, as the discussion brought the experience full circle, making me realize how young some of the sailors on the ship were, and how they were faced with extreme leadership roles once the ship was hit.
US Air Force Academy Cadet
Finally, a documentary that reveals an accurate account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis as told by the men who experienced that fatal night. Show the USS Indianapolis: The Legacy as an introduction of WWII to inspire an in-depth study.
Marilyn Northcutt Henry
Principal, Memphis City Schools - 31 Years
Educational Consultant - 9 Years
In this amazing documentary, old sailors and old Marines become great teachers. In a collective voice, punctuated with laughter and tears, they tell the story of their ship; their home. The stories of the Indy and her crew, the stories of service, courage, loss, faith and hope continued. The story tellers, the survivors, are old now, though, and their numbers are few. Thanks, however, to this documentary, the stories will live for generations to come. Schools that incorporate USS Indianapolis: The Legacy into their curriculum will provide their students with the voice of the ship that was instrumental in changing the course of history.
Teacher - 26 years
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