How many people know of the USS Indianapolis? How many know what the crew went through? Why do we need to be reminded of their sacrifices?
The USS Indianapolis was a Portland – class heavy cruiser. She was 623 feet in lenght with a beam of 66 feet and was commissioned in November 15, 1932. Her last cruise ended on 30 July 1945. About 14 minutes past midnight she was hit by two torpedoes fired from I -58, a Japanese submarine.
The USS Indianapolis had 1196 men on board. When she went down, about 900 went into the water. A few of the life rafts were released. Most of the men wore the standard kapok life jackets.
This is their story – 5 days of terror and hell.
The men that went into the water didn’t know if there had been a distress signal had been sent…
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