Survivors of 1. 94. USS Indianapolis describe explosions and shark attacks during worst sea disaster in U. S. Many crewman survived the blast only to be eaten by sharks\'We decided to stay together until the last guy\'s standing, but the goal is to continue at a smaller scale,\' said Bray, chairman of the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization.
Up in the air I went,\' Loel Dean Cox, who was just 1. BBC about the first explosion. It was a. tremendous explosion.
Then, about the time I got to my knees, another. Whoom\'The second torpedo nearly tore the ship in half. Cox said fires raged below deck as the ship began listing onto its side.
Rescue: Of the 1,1. Indianapolis when it sank, only 3. I turned and looked back. The ship was headed straight down. You. could see the men jumping from the stern, and you could see the four.
Can you imagine a ship 6. It just rolled. over and went under.\'Just days earlier, the Indianapolis had visited the island of Tinian in a secret mission to deliver the uranium- 2. Hiroshima by the Enola Gay, which took off from the remote island. The Indianapolis\' mission was so secret she sailed alone, unescorted by ships better equipped to detect and fight Japanese submarines. The ship\'s commander had even requested an escort but was denied by Navy officials. Additionally, the Navy failed to pass on information that Japanese submarines were still active in the area.
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Survivors: The crew of USS Ohio salute during a special burial ceremony at sea for Indianapolis survivor Eugene Morgan\'I never saw a life raft. I finally heard some moans and groans and. I. stayed,\' Cox said. Nor did Navy officials take much notice when the ship failed to arrive at its destination on time.
An estimated 9. 00 of the ship\'s servicemen survived the vessel\'s nighttime sinking, but before rescuers arrived five days later, drowning, delirium, dehydration and shark attacks had claimed all but 3. The Indianapolis\' death toll - 8. U. S. Navy\'s worst single at- sea loss of life. But reports of the tragedy were buried by the news of the Japanese surrender, and interest in the ship\'s story was not revived until the 1. They then started eating those who had survived the explosions.\'We were sunk at midnight, I saw . Some of them I swear were 1.
Cox said. Thank goodness, there were lots of dead people floating in the. We were losing three or four each night and day,\' Cox said. Every. few minutes you\'d see their fins - a dozen to two dozen fins in the. I was bumped a few times - you never know when they are going to attack you.\'As the sharks continued to attack, clouds of blood in the water grew and attracted more to the area, leading to even more attacks.\'In that clear water you could see the sharks circling.
Then every now. and then, like lightning, one would come straight up and take a sailor. One came up and took the sailor next to me. In their 8. 0s and 9. While many survivors kept what they saw and heard to themselves, Harrell said the lingering trauma he\'d suffered left him unable to focus on the college courses he enrolled in immediately after the war.\'I learned early on that you had to get it out, you had to tell others what happened,\' he said. He\'d been feeling poorly but decided Monday to make the trip to Indianapolis, where a black granite memorial honors the ship and its crew.
He said that when all of the survivors are gone he hopes the survivors\' relatives and others keep reminding the public about the ship and its crew\'s sacrifice.\'Somebody\'s got to keep the story alive,\' Hershberger said. Among the roughly 2.
Hunter Scott, whose seventh- grade history project as a 1. Pensacola, Fla., helped lead to a reassessment of the court- martial of the ship\'s commanding officer, Rear Admiral Charles B. Mc. Vay III. Mc. Vay was court- martialed for not sailing a zigzag course to evade submarines, but his men believed he was made a scapegoat. In 2. 00. 0, 3. 2 years after Mc. Vay committed suicide, Congress passed an act clearing his name.
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Scott is now a 2. Navy helicopter pilot based in California and he said the men\'s incredible story of survival convinced him to enlist in the Navy.\'There\'s 3. I really wanted to see these guys and catch up. They\'re like grandfathers to me, it\'s like seeing family,\' he said.
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