Palazzo Honors Memory of Granville Crane
Washington, January 13, 2022
Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) gave the following remarks on the House floor, honoring the memory of Granville Crane after the tragic news of his passing on January 5, 2022.
"Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of the late Granville Crane, surviving crew member of the USS Indianapolis and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.
"Mr. Crane was born in 1925 and turned 95 years old this year. He joined the ship's crew at the age of 16, one of the youngest crew members to join at the height of World War II.
"In 1945, he participated in a top-secret trip to deliver parts for the first nuclear weapon ever used in combat and was aboard the same ship when it was torpedoed and sunk that year.
"Hundreds of men went down with their ship, and many more faced dehydration, shark attacks, and exposure before there was any hope of rescue.
"Of 1,195 men aboard, Mr. Crane was one of only 316 who survived. As Mr. Crane waited to be rescued, he clung to his faith.
"Mr. Crane will be remembered as a family man, a hero, a survivor, a patriot, and a great man of God. On behalf of the fourth district and our great nation, we are forever in your debt. My prayers are with Mr. Crane's family at this time. May he Rest in Peace.
"Thank you and I yield back," said Congressman Palazzo.