News Published: Aug 2, 2018 - 2:39:31 AM


Murphy Applauds Passage of Bill Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Waterbury’s Father Conway & Crew of USS Indianapolis

By U.S. Senator Chris Murphy's office


Font size: Small Big
Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Share this article:
facebook del.icio.us Yahoo! MyWeb Digg reddit Furl Blinklist Spurl
Buy the "As seen on" mug
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) applauded the passage of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Congressional Gold Medal Act, S. 2101, in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The bill awards a Congressional Gold Medal to the crew of the USS Indianapolis, including Waterbury native Navy Chaplain Lieutenant Thomas M. Conway. Murphy has worked with the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee and veterans’ organizations across the country to honor LT Father Conway. Earlier this year, Murphy placed a statement in the Congressional Record honoring LT Father Conway on what would have been his 110th birthday.

LT Father Conway, who grew up on Cooke Street in Waterbury, was a chaplain aboard the USS Medusa and the USS Indianapolis during the Second World War. Father Conway was among the roughly 900 sailors left in the water facing shark attacks, dehydration, and exposure after the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed. For three straight days, LT Father Conway swam back and forth among crew members, helping individual sailors who drifted away to rejoin their comrades, organizing prayer groups, and urging the increasingly dehydrated and delirious men not to give up hope of rescue. He died on the third night, August 2, 1945, shortly before Navy pilots spotted the survivors. Just 316 men survived, making the sinking of the USS Indianapolis the single greatest loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy. The living survivors of the USS Indianapolis and the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee have made it their mission to make sure Father Conway is recognized by the U.S. Navy for his acts of heroism, saving many of their comrades’ lives at sea.

“LT Father Conway is a hero. He risked his life helping to save others and give comfort to those who were dying. I’ve been proud to work with the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee for years to honor his legacy. The Congressional Gold Medal is a much-deserved recognition to LT Father Conway and the USS Indianapolis crew members for their bravery and service to our country,” said Murphy.

The bill now awaits passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.




© Copyright by Canaiden. Some articles and pictures posted on our website, as indicated by their bylines, were submitted as press releases and do not necessarily reflect the position and opinion of ConnecticutPlus.com, Canaiden LLC or any of its associated entities. Articles may have been edited for brevity and grammar. Photos without a credit line are "contributed photos".





CURRENT HEADLINES:
"Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises start Dec. 15 at The Maritime Aquarium
The Stamford Jewish Community Center's Gallery @ the J proudly presents "Variations" artwork by artist Ellen Gordon
Kids Helping Kids: Shelton Girl Scouts Help Kids at Boys & Girls Village
Norwalk Miniaturist Vance Alexander Displays Work at NPL
Nutmeg Wins Annual Prestigious Social Responsibility Award a Second Time
Tony Goldwyn and Jane Musky Join Americares Boards
AARP Connecticut Selects Recipients for First Livable Communities Grant Program
Indeed Continues To Expand in Stamford With A Plan To Hire An Additional 500 Workers

Top of Page






ConnecticutPlus.com is part of the Canaiden Online Media Network.
Connecticut Plus Online | Stamford Plus Online | Norwalk Plus Online | Canaiden.com | Best of Norwalk | Best of Stamford | Hauterfly Magazine | SummerCampPlus.com

Copyright ©2005-2010 Canaiden,LLC All Rights Reserved.