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Discussion in 'History & Geography' started by Gary Ridenour, Jul 30, 2017.
remembering the USS Indianapolis and the men who died on her 72 years ago today
Thank You for posting this.
I took some time this morning to reread the eyewitness accounts from
Dr. Lewis Haynes accounts hit a special cord with me.
"The plane dropped life jackets with canisters of water but the canisters ruptured.
Then a PBY [seaplane] showed up and dropped rubber life rafts.
We put the sickest people aboard and the others hung around the side.
I found a flask of water with a 1-ounce cup.
I doled out the water, passing the cup down hand to hand.
Not one man cheated and I know how thirsty they were."
No matter what was going on around them, they were still Ship Mates. Looking out for each other.
Growing up in a Navy family, I knew about this and other tragedies since I was very young.
USS Thresher - USS Scorpion
May they all Rest in Peace.
the CO, Charles McVay III of the Indy was later court martialed for the disaster. He was found guilty on the first charge of not zigzagging, but was also brought in for not ordering abandon ship soon enough. But was soon found innocent on the second charge. Even though the court had brought in two experienced submariners (One being the one who torpedoed him) who were both on his side, he was still declared guilty for not zigzagging. And even though he wasn't found guilty on the abandon ship charge, he was still labeled as a felon.
in Nov 1968 he he committed suicide with a gun. the Indy had claimed its last victim. but the survivors continued the fight to clear his name. and did so in 2000 as then President Bill Clinton on the advice of the Navy dept signed the document clearing his name.