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The USS Indianapolis - Jaws

No better speech, dialouge, or statement could every truly present the horror that was one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the US Navy like this one.

"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 800 faced exposure, dehydration and shark attacks as they waited for assistance while floating with no lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy only learnt of the sinking when survivors were spotted by accident four days later. Only 316 sailors survived. Indianapolis was one of the last US Navy ships sunk by enemy action in World War II. (USS Bullhead was attacked by Japanese aircraft with depth cha

Added: Feb-17-2010 
By: Guvnor
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