Navy

Heritage Moments: In an ocean of horror, Father Conway’s courage

Jul 30, 2018
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The sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in the early morning hours of July 30, 1945, is the worst disaster to befall a single ship in the history of the US Navy. Some 300 men lost their lives when the heavy cruiser was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and went down, and almost 600 more died over the next four days, floating without food or water in the shark-infested Pacific, their distress signals unheard or ignored.


Five openly transgender members of the U.S. military are suing President Trump and other leaders of the U.S. government over Trump's declaration, over Twitter, that trans people will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. The suit alleges that Trump's directive is "arbitrary and capricious," unconstitutionally depriving the service members of due process.

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The original USS Little Rock has been a key waterfront attraction since arriving in Buffalo shortly after being decommissioned in 1976. Next June, the new USS Little Rock will visit Buffalo’s inner harbor to be commissioned alongside its namesake.

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A local World War II veteran has finally received the recognition he has deserved.

In a Friday evening gathering with family, friends and Representative Brian Higgins, 84-year-old Jim Steinmetz of Collins, New York, was awarded a series of medals he earned during his service but never received.

Steinmetz enlisted in the Navy in 1945, patrolling the Atlantic Ocean for submarines.