Cruiser Indianapolis (CA-35) Division History
Our division was honored to be headquartered with the Navy Reserves at the Navy Operational Support Center Indianapolis in the historic Heslar Naval Armory from 1971 to 2014. The Armory was completed in 1938 and is a prime historical example of the Works Progress Administration building projects coming out of the great depression. Navy sailors drilled and trained there for 70 plus years. An excellent history of the building is available at the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/heslarnavalarmory The Navy and Marines moved out of Heslar effective SEP 2014 and into a new reserve center built at Fort Harrison in Lawrence on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Heslar was turned into Riverside High School, a public charter school and the building was restored while keeping it's US Navy details and history.
The Cruiser division is now headquartered across the street from the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) at the Fort Harrison Veterans Center. We also have office and classroom space at the NOSC.
Our division was originally named the Indiana Division and then subsequently renamed Cruiser Indianapolis (CA-35) Division. We are named after the USS Indianapolis, a storied Cruiser from World War 2. The USS Indianapolis was sunk in the Pacific Ocean after delivering the parts of the Atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. She was struck by an enemy torpedoes and sank within 12 minutes. Only 317 sailors out of the crew of 1,196 survived the sinking and harrowing 4 days in the shark-infested waters. The USS Indianapolis Survivors Reunion still meets in Indianapolis every summer.
The Cruiser Division was commissioned in April, 1971. Hundreds of cadets have gone through the division over the past 49 years and gone on to productive lives, both civilian and military. Check out our Alumni page for some of them.
LT Brad Sauter has served as Commanding Officer since 01FEB20
LTJG Kinkead served as Commanding Officer from 01OCT16 to 31JAN20.
WO Larry Snair served from OCT14 to SEP16
LT Brad Sauter (first tour) served from APR12 to OCT14
LCDR David Witte served as CO from 2009-2012
LCDR Eddie DeWitt circa 2007
LCDR Michael Gill circa 2000
LCDR Lorraine Langel circa 1998
LCDR Norman R. Bolduc circa 1989
LT Gallagar circa 1982
LTJG Timothy Beard circa mid 70's
LCDR Andrus Bates was the first unit CO in 1971