Just past midnight July 30, 1945, two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine struck the USS Indianapolis with almost 1,200 people aboard. The subsequent explosions obliterated the ship’s front end, and tons of water rushed in. Bulkheads crumpled under the force. The ship, tilting heavily on its right side, began to nosedive into the ocean.
It took 12 minutes for the 14-year-old cruiser to sink. Read more
Besides the word ‘sequester,’ perhaps the second most uttered word at the Reagan National Defense Forum over the weekend was ‘O’Neill,’ as in Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who recently claimed to have fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden.
In a panel on valor and heroism, Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta was asked about O’Neill and other members of SEAL Team 6 who have spoken openly about the kill shot heard ’round the world.Read more
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Part II: Internment — life at Stalag Luft III and witness to the “Great Escape”
Note: This is part two of three in a series documenting the experiences of American Airmen captured by the German military during World War II.
As the Allied air attacks on Adolf Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” increased during World War II, so did the number of Airmen shot down and captured by the Germans. Fliers from the United States, Britain, Canada and other countries poured into Stalag Luft III and other Luftwaffe-run prison camps. Read more
THE PENTAGON — The Department of Defense issued a directive to the services Monday, ordering each branch to warn members of a “dangerous and unpredictable Internet,” amid recent threats of lone wolf attacks against military and their families. Leaders claim the warning will provide service members the tools they need to hide from the Internet at home and abroad. Read more
The Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red seas, is inaugurated in an elaborate ceremony attended by French Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III.
In 1854, Ferdinand de Lesseps, the former French consul to Cairo, secured an agreement with the Ottoman governor of Egypt to build a canal 100 miles across the Isthmus of Suez. An international team of engineers drew up a construction plan, and in 1856 the Suez Canal Company was formed and granted the right to operate the canal for 99 years after completion of the work. Read more