Nearly 70 years after USS Indianapolis tragedy, survivor tells his tale


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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