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RIP USS Indianapolis (CA 35) 7/30/1945

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by ysr_racer, Jul 29, 2007.

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  1. ysr_racer

    ysr_racer Active Member

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    900 men went into the water, four days later only 316 men were still alive.

    If they hadn't delivered their cargo to Tinian Island, we may be speaking Japanese today.

    RIP sailors

    http://www.ussindianapolis.org/

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

    perazzitms TS Member

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    Speaking Japanese? I think you're taking it a little to far there.

    Japan was on the mat with the 8 count comming up when the bomb was dropped. What it did prevent was the imminent invasion of the home islands, which would have, according to most estimates, cost about 1 Million American lives, and several times that Japanese.

    Not to diminish the tradgey of the Indianapolis, but no way would we be speaking Japanese today - unless you're talking Honda, Sony, Sushi and Toshiba.
     
  3. ysr_racer

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    Hooper: You were on the Indianapolis?

    Brody: What happened?

    Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer.



    You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces.



    You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us... he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened... waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again.



    So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, July the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.
     
  4. Rico46

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    The Chief of Police from my hometown was on that ship but he never spoke much about this issue.

    Rick
     
  5. grunt

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    May they rest in peace, God bless them.
     
  6. slide action

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    Through a series of blunders, the Navy didn't even look for the ship or search for survivors. A sea plane found the survivors by accident. Embarresed by the whole deal,the Navy went out of it's way to make the Capt. a scape goat(even flying in the Jap sub captain to testify against him at the Court Marshal). The crew stood by him, but the Captain was court martialed for negligence. After his retirement he committed suicide. Years later a young boy took up the story as a school project. He doggedly pursued the case and managed to get it reviewed and the Captains name was cleared for the most part. It was one of the Navy's greatest tragedies.
     
  7. TheGentleman

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    Read the book, "In harms way" It begins with the suicide of Captain McVay and flashes back to the day of the torpedo attack. There were 1,196 on board when the torpedos impacted. Many were killed then. It sank so quickly that only one distress signal was able to be sent. When the seaman that heard the distress signal reported it to his superior, he was asked if there was another and since there was only one, the superior determined it to be a Japanese trick to lure them to the spot, it was not acted upon.
     
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