USS Indianapolis survivor to speak in Central Wisconsin

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(WAOW) — Central Wisconsin is getting a chance to hear from a WWII Veteran who survived unthinkable circumstances.

Richard Thelen is one of 14 living survivors of of the USS Indianapolis.

He’ll be speaking to students and the public in four presentations this week.

Thelen will be joining historian, Kim Roller, to share his story.

“This is a story that’s not in our textbook,” said Colin Hanson, the event organizer. “This is our opportunity to bring our education to life.”

Thelen will present to students at both Edgar and Wausau East schools this week.

He’ll also speak to the public on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Wednesday: Edgar auditorium 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: UW Marathon County 6:30 p.m.

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