Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man
Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Phil ...more
- Robert Shaw, as Quint, in Jaws (1975)
“The Japanese Type 95 torpedo carried a huge explosive payload designed to mortally wound battleships and cruisers. The initial pressure blast was meant to buckle the ship’s skin and weaken her internal framing. The warhead’s second effect was to punch a cavernous, temporary hole in the ocean beneath the target. These first- and se ...more
From THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, 1798: "Water, water everywhere, And all the boards did shrink, Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink."
U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS - She was an old girl....just back from repairs after sustaining grave damage from a 1944 kamikaze suicide attack....now, with a new (very) young and inexperienced crew....now, an unescorted, unprotected cruiser (useless against subs) was on the way back from a new mission....a highly classi...more
is the stark reality behind our use of the platitude
Thank you for your service.”
I say this not to admonish anyone who walks up to a Veteran wearing a cap, or any other identification as a Vet at a military event, hospital, or days to commemorate a remembrance of their military service. Yet, these words are easy to say without a thought to just what was sacrificed in t ...more
For over fifty years, the surviving crew members worked to exonerate their c ...more
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Pub. Date: July 10, 2018
If you did not see the movie “Jaws” (1975) you missed the actor Robert Shaw’s iconic scene describing the experiences the boys/men endured during WWII when their ship the USS Indianapolis was sunk by enemy fire. They spent four horrific days in shark-infested waters watching each other being eaten alive. The late actor will put more goose bumps on you than my words ever could: https://www.youtube.com/watch ...more
This is a great book, that not only draws its strength from the vivid and horrific description of the men that were 5 days in the water, but also the quest to exonerate captain McVay, who served as the scapegoat to draw away the attention to the real reason for the sinking: the failure of the navy to warn the Indianapolis of the presence of a Japanese submarine in the area.
After having delivered parts of the atom ...more
This narrative is more than a retelling of that disaster. The authors tell the Indi's story from her commissioni ...more
A remarkable work of historical research covering America’s worst maritime disaster of the 20th century. There were no stones left unturned here including vast coverage of the subsequent court-martial of the Captain and interviews with survivors some fifty years later. The portion of the book that detailed the men trying to cling to life in the shark infested waters was very tragic to read and well told.
For anyone who doesn’t know the story of the In ...more
Didn’t see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn’t know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been s ...more
INDIANAPOLIS: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year-Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic is one of the most engrossing and riveting nonfiction books I have read. I enjoy reading nonfiction books set during WWII because I truly do believe they were written about an extraordinary generation. This book not only vividly describes the history of the Indianapolis’ ...more
I usually get tired or worn out reading books that are over 350 pages or so. This one is well over 400 and every bit of it was an adventure for me - a page turner.
This story is well defined about the stuff that took place before, during and after the sinking of th ...more
Other books have covered the ground of the great toll paid by the many sailors of the Indianapolis. The authors here have done meticulous research and it shows. Part of that research is a careful retelling of the court case that reads like a transcript for the ending portion of the book. I admittedly found myself wishing the book would conclude well before the fi ...more
The subtitle is all the synopsis anyone needs: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man.
I’ve known about the U.S.S. Indianapolis since I was about eleven years old. In 7th grade I became fascinated by sharks and read virtually every book in my public library about them. Many of those books included the story of the Indianapolis sinking and the days at sea that the survivors endured. S ...more
I requested this book as I read a couple of other books on the events surrounding the sinkng of the Indianapolis, but this one carried it forward ...more
I'm going to be honest and warn other readers t ...more
This is a nonfiction account of everything that has anything to do with this war ship. I loved the way the author organized all of this research. This was fascinating. When I originally looked at the length of the audio (because it is on the long side), I thought there were going to be boring parts. To my surprise.....that never happened.
I liked the details of the men, both personal and professional. They were well done. The author put faces to these men and it added the personal touc ...more
A true account of what happened to the ship and crew of the USS Indianapolis. After delivering precious cargo that would effectively end the war with Japan, she has limped on a course to complete the repairs that were not finished before they were pulled for a special top-secret mission. But they never made it. Torpedoed by the enemy ...more
The stories of the survivors of the Indianapolis are both terrifying and heroic; this book is nearly impossible to put down. And the tragedy led to a new development of Naval ship tracking still used to this day.
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