World War II Ship Hull Arrives In Bloomington

The prow of the USS Indiana is being refurbished before it is put on displayed at Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium.

  • The USS Indiana is lifted off the truck that transported it to Bloomington and onto a platform where it will be displayed in front of Memorial Stadium.

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    The USS Indiana is lifted off the truck and onto a platform where it will be displayed in front of Memorial Stadium.

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    Photo: Bill Shaw

    A worker welds pieces of the USS Indiana's hull.

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    The USS Indiana is going to be displayed outside of IU's Memorial Stadium.

The prow of the USS Indiana arrived Thursday night and is being refurbished before going on display at Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium. There, it will be reunited with its counterparts – two guns and a masthead from the same ship.

“It’s a great addition to the stadium, and it’s going to be one more way that we can showcase all the different pieces that make Memorial Stadium such a great place on game day and such a treasure for our university, our students, alums and residents of our community,” Assistant Vice President at IU for Engagement and Military Liaison Kirk White says.

The prow will be rededicated on Sept. 7 before IU’s game against the Navy Midshipmen. Petty Officer Rebecca Cobb-Brown says having such a historic artifact in Indiana will be an educational experience as well.

“We are a landlocked state, so we do have many children who have never seen the ocean, and this is going to drum up interest for them and get them thinking about the United States Navy and the role that the Navy has played in shaping America,” she says.

The USS Indiana ship is a part of history, but a Navy submarine with the same name is slated to be finished in 2018.

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