Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis (Google eBook)
Shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The ship had just left the island of Tinian, delivering components of the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima. As the torpedoes hit, the Indianapolis erupted into a fiery coffin, sinking in less than fifteen minutes and leaving nine hundred crewmen fighting for life in shark-infested waters. They expected a swift, routine rescue, unaware that the Navy high command didnít even realize that the Indianapolis was missing. Help would not arrive for another five days.
Drawn from definitive interviews with key figures, Fatal Voyage recounts the horrific events endured as the number of water-treading survivors dwindled to just 316. Each gruesome day brought more madness and slow death, from explosion-related injuries, dehydration, and, most terrifying of all, shark attacks. But the pain did not end when the men finally returned home: The Indianapolisís commander, Captain Charles B. McVay III, was court-martialed for causing the clearly unavoidable disaster.
With a new afterword chronicling the fifty-five-year campaign by Indianapolis survivors and their supporters to win public vindication for Captain McVay, this classic is restored, along with memories of the Indianapolis crew.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS IndianapolisUser Review - Michael Fitzpatrick - Goodreads
I thought it was a great book - much more than a 'shark attack' story. And that it's a true story makes it an even better read. Read full review
Review: Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS IndianapolisUser Review - Lewis Smith - Goodreads
Excellent recording of an horrific event. Read full review
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XIIIFOR THE GOOD OF THE NAVY
XIVTOY OF TREACHERY
VIIREVENGE OF THE SAMURAI
VIIIPRELUDE TO MADNESS
IXUNDER NO COMMAND
XA WAY OF LIFE
XIBACK FROM THE BRINK
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