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That was a tragedy. When it comes to sea tragedies, the first thing that comes to mind is Titanic (for some reason) i know more people where involved, but other stories shouldn;t be forgoten. Has anyone read "In Harm's Way"? if you didn;t pick it up TODAY it's like 7.99$ these men where eaten buy sharks, floating in the south pacific for nearly 5 days without being discovered. They had a slow death, no food, and the fact that there was no water was another. The indianapolis was the boat that carried the components of Little boy the nuclear bomb that fell on Hiroshima. Here's a web site for the book and the ship http://www.ussindianapolisinharmsway.com the book is still a New York Bestseller, i highly recomend it.

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Steve Smith

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You're right - Indianapolis is one of those chapters that should never be forgotten: both for the suffering of the crew and the vilification of the Captain. Interesting to read on that site about the attempts to locate her, too. Isn't Newport the guy who salvaged Liberty Bell 7?
 
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Couldn't tell you. Perhaps someone here knows more. I think that she is allready discovered. The Captains name, still hasn't really been cleared up. The court martial is still in his records. The Man who sank the Indy said "even if the Captain did the zig zag patern, i would have still sunk the ship" this was after the war when he came to the States to talk to the press. The court tought that the reason indy sank was because Capt.McVay didn't follow the zig zag pattern. The book really tells a lot about the sinking and what happened after the war. by buying the book some money is also donated to the USS indy's survivors fund.
 

Don Tweed

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First introduced to the Indianapolis when I saw JAWS!
The scene with Quint,Hooper and Chief Brody drinking and comparing scars that lead to Quints story has always been my favorite scene!!!
-Don
 
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can anyone please tell me more about this Jaws thing that has to do with the Indy, i cant really put my finger on it. I saw the movie like 5 years ago.Why was it in the movie and why do they mention it?
 

Inger Sheil

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The character Quint was an Indianapolis survivor, who related in graphic detail what happened to the men in the water (hence his antipathy for sharks).

Has anyone identified the sharks involved? The pan-tropical oceanic whitetips, perhaps? (Prob. the only reason they're not involved in more attacks on man is they're a pelagic species - most folks they come into contact with are ship or plane crash victims). Tiger sharks or bulls?
 
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Today is the 57th anniversary of the USS Indianapolis disaster. On 30th July 1945, a Japanese submarine torpedoed the ship in the Pacific. 880 people were killed, 316 survived in shark-infested waters for 5 days.
 
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This is rather insignificant, but I'd like to know. How exactly did she sink? I've heard some report that describe her listing slightly to starboard and mostly just plunging straight by the bow like the Titanic. I've heard others where she rolls completely over to port and sinks like the Andrea Doria. Which is more correct?
 
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I still can't understand why the captain the USS Indianapolis was blamed and court marshalled after her sinking- The Indianapolis was not given an escort. It seems to me the negligence should lie with the navy for not sending out a search party right away....Crew memebers of the Indianapolis have defended their captain over the years- who sadly committed suicide in the 1960s. Has there ever been a move to clear his name?
Does the blame for the massive deathtoll lie squarly on the captain's shoulders, or was he the Navy's scapegoat?
 
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Goodness, sorry for the typos...

There was a documentary on Discovery about a expedition in 2000 to find the wreck, but the ship was never located....I was unaware the Indianapolis had just delivered the A bomb....
 
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An inquiry is the inevitable result of just about any sinking, even in combat. The Indianapolis was no different in this regard. For my own money, Captain McVay was as much a scapegoat as anything else, and it didn't help his case that he wasn't zig zagging at the time of the attack. There may have been an element of complacancy at work on his part, but considering how ineffectively the Japanese used their submarines overall during the war, it was understandable. The Japanese skipper was doing nothing more then his job.

I'm surprised you were unaware of the ship delivering the A-bombs to Tinian. That little detail was a signifigant part of the mystique surrounding this ship.
 
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Hi Michael
I was aware she delivered the A bomb, but I didn't realise it occoured right before her final voyage...
It's extrordianry the US Navy called one of the Japanese submariners to testify at the court marshall..
 
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Hi Everyone,

I just finished reading Doung Stanton's book about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. I truly recommend it to everyone who is interested in the ship's story. And if you would like to help to clear the name of Captain McWay the survivors have a webpage with all the relevant information about the ship: http://www.ussindianapolis.org.
 
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Are the exact coordinates of the sinking known at all? I guess it would take quite some time to find it even if someone start looking for it seriously. As far as I remember the previous expedition was fairly short and concentrated on few "promising" areas. I guess a more coordinated search would be needed like in the case of Titanic where they were systematically sweeping the seabed with sonars back and forth.