65 Years Ago - July 30 1945 - The Loss of the USS Indianapolis

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  1. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    On this date 65 years ago, the USS Indianapolis was sunk. Complete incompetence from the navy ensured that most of the crew perished.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Indianapolis_(CA-35)

    USS Indianapolis CA-35

    "USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She holds a place in history due to the circumstances of her sinking, which led to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy.

    On 30 July 1945, shortly after delivering critical parts for the first atomic bomb to be used in combat to the United States air base at Tinian, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, sinking in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crew aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining crew of 880 faced exposure, dehydration and shark attacks as they waited for assistance while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 317 sailors survived. Indianapolis was one of the last U.S. Navy ships sunk by enemy action in World War II. (USS Bullhead was attacked by Japanese aircraft with depth charges and probably sunk on 6 August 1945.)"
     

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    :salute: A real shame and a sad story.
     
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    :salute: To all those lost.
     
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    :salute: Lets hope that this is the last major blunder from the Navy in a long time.
     
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