U.S.S Indiana prow is heading to IU’s Memorial Stadium as a permanent display. The ship’s mainmast and two of its gun mounts were installed near the west gate of the stadium in 1966.
The U.S.S Indiana served in the Pacific during World War II.
IU Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White helped secure the prow from a restaurant in Berkeley, Calif.. He says having it on display at IU is a great tribute to the state.
“The state, when the ship was named after Indiana back in the 1941, sent a large delegation of Hoosiers to the Newport naval yard in Virginia, to christen the ship,” White says. “So a large group of 700 Hoosiers went out when the ship was actually christened and named after the people of Indiana.”
An IU alum spotted the prow during a vacation last year to the west coast. He wrote a letter to the local paper encouraging the University to secure it.
The prow will arrive at IU in the middle of July. IU plans to officially dedicate the display on Sept. 7, when Hoosiers football game against Navy.