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Cain, Alfred Brown

Rank and Name, Radio Technician Third Class Alfred Brown Cain.

Unit/Placed in, USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Cruiser, United States Naval Reserve.


USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

In July 1945, Indianapolis completed a top-secret high-speed trip to deliver parts of Little Boy, the first nuclear weapon ever used in combat, to the United States Army Air Force Base on the island of Tinian, and subsequently departed for the Philippines on training duty. At 0015 on 30 July, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,195 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 890 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while stranded in the open ocean with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy only learned of the sinking four days later, when survivors were spotted by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 316 survived. The sinking of Indianapolis resulted in the greatest single loss of life at sea from a single ship in the history of the US Navy.

 On 19 August 2017, a search team financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen located the wreckage of the sunken cruiser in the Philippine Sea lying at a depth of approximately 18,000 ft (5,500 m). On 20 December 2018, the crew of the Indianapolis was collectively awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.

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Alfred is born on 11 Oct. 1913 in Vernon , Louisiana.

Father, Augustus Brown Cain.

Mother, Mollie Cordenia (Turner) Cain.

Sister(s), Mattie Viola Cain.

Brother(s), Infant Cain 1915/1915.


Alfred enlisted the service in Louisiana with service number # 6241579.


Alfred was KIA when the USS Indianapolis after delivered nuclear Bomb parts for Little Boy at Tinian, was Torpedoed by the Japanese Submarine I-58 and Sunk in the Philippine Sea on 30 July 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Combat Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Alfred is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

Alwyn is also mentioned at U.S.S. Indianapolis National Memorial

Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA.

(A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.)

Alfred Also has a Memorial Grave at Castor Baptist Church Cemetery

Leesville, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA


Thanks to, https://www.ussindianapolis.com/


Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

WordPress en/of Wooncommerce oplossingen, https://www.siteklusjes.nl/


USS Indianapolis (CL/CA-35) was a Portland-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy, named for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. Launched in 1931, the vessel served as the flagship for the commander of Scouting Force 1 for eight years, then as flagship for Admiral Raymond Spruance in 1943 and 1944 while he commanded the Fifth Fleet in battles across the Central Pacific during World War II.



Name Indianapolis

Namesake    City of Indianapolis, Indiana

Ordered      13 February 1929, Awarded      15 August 1929

Builder        New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey

Cost   $10,903,200 (contract price)

Laid down    31 March 1930, Launched          7 November 1931

Sponsored by        Lucy M. Taggart, Commissioned 15 November 1932


Hull symbol: CL-35 – CA-35, Code letters: NABD

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Nickname(s) “Indy”

Honors and awards

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Length        , 610 ft 3 in (186.00 m) loa, 584 ft (178 m) lwl, Beam       66 ft 1 in (20.14 m)

Draft, 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m) (mean), 24 ft (7.3 m) (max)

Installed power, 8 × White-Forster boilers, 107,000 shp (80,000 kW)

Propulsion, 4 × Parsons reduction steam turbines, 4 × screws

Speed 32.7 kn (60.6 km/h; 37.6 mph)

Complement, 95 officers 857 enlisted (as designed), 1,269 officers and men (wartime)

Armament, 9 × 8 in (203 mm)/55 caliber guns (3×3), 8 × 5 in (127 mm)/25 caliber anti-aircraft guns, 2 × 3-pounder 47 mm (1.9 in) saluting guns

Armor         , Belt: 3+1⁄4–5 in (83–127 mm)

Deck: 2+1⁄2 in (64 mm), Barbettes: 1+1⁄2 in (38 mm), Turrets: 1+1⁄2–2+1⁄2 in (38–64 mm)

Conning tower: 1+1⁄4 in (32 mm)

Aircraft carried    4 × floatplanes

Aviation facilities  2 × Amidship catapults

General characteristics (1945)[3]

Armament, 9 × 8 in/55 caliber guns (3×3), 8 × 5 in/25 caliber anti-aircraft guns

2 × 3-pounder saluting guns, 6 × quad 40 mm (1.57 in) Bofors anti-aircraft guns

19 × single 20 mm (0.79 in) Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannons

Aircraft carried, 3 × floatplanes

Aviation facilities  1 × Amidship catapults (starboard catapult removed in 1945)

USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Cruiser
Alfred Brown Cain
His rank Radio Technician Third Class
Memorial USS Indianapolis