Celebrating the Greatest Generation through Felton J. (F.J.) Outland: Survivor of the USS Indianapolis
Elizabeth City, NC – Museum of the Albemarle will recognize a member of the greatest generation on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Gaither Auditorium. Hear the story of the survival of Felton J. (F.J.) Outland of Gates County in what is called “the greatest naval disaster at sea.”
Mr. Outland, a native of Gates County, graduated from Sunbury High School and enlisted with the United States Navy. He was sent to the Great Lakes for training and assigned to the USS Indianapolis, which was stationed in San Diego, California. Gunner’s Mate Outland was one of 1,196 men serving aboard the heavy cruiser when it was torpedoed shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945. The USS Indianapolis sank taking with her 297 men and leaving approximately 900 men floating in darkness and shark-infested waters. Of the 900 men only 317 survived.
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The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the Museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.