Michael Kuryla, Jr.


Age: 84

Navy sailor who was among one of 317 sailors who survived the sinking of the ill-fated Navy cruiser Indianapolis during World War II and later bonded with other activists to exonerate their ship's captain Charles B. McVay III, whom they believed was unfairly court-martialed and blamed for putting the ship in harm's way.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: September 10, 1925

Died: October 3, 2009

Bartlett, Illinois