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SURVIVOR OF THE USS INDIANAPOLIS TO SPEAK IN WOLRD WAR II CLASS

Harlan Twible, a survivor of the famed USS Indianapolis sinking, will share his experiences tonight in the Old Dominion University course "Topics in Modern History: World War II as Seen Through Modern Eyes."

Taught by President James V. Koch, the course will be conducted Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Room 202 of the Gornto TELETECHNET Center. Twible's talk begins at 8:30 p.m. Local community members are welcome to attend classes; however, seating is limited and reservations are required.

As a Navy officer during World War II, Twible served on the USS Indianapolis, which delivered the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima. He survived four days and five nights in the waters of the South Pacific after the ship was sunk by an enemy topedo. One of only 235 survivors out of a crew of 1,150, Twible was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism and the Purple Heart.

The course features several World War II veterans as speakers throughout the semester. Other speakers for the class include: David Katz, a Holocaust survivor, Nov. 2; Rudi Shranz, German veteran captured by the Russian army, Nov. 9; Chris Benke, U.S. Marine Corps Iwo Jima veteran, Nov. 16; and John Tabb, American veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, Nov. 30.

Local community members are welcome to attend classes; however, seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call Dick Whalen, Old Dominion's director of military activities, at 683-3018.

This article was posted on: October 26, 1999

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