30 Jul '18, 6pm

OTD-1945: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis-

At roughly 0015 on July 30, 1945 the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was struck by two torpedoes from the Japanese submarine I-58 in the Philippine Sea. The ship was on a highly classified mission, to deliver various parts needed to finish the field construction of the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on Tinian Island. Only a little more than two weeks from the surrender of Japan, the sinking of the Indianapolis was one of the last major naval events of World War II. Once struck, it took only 12 minutes to sink, which was not enough time for a distress signal to be sent. The USS Indianapolis (CA-35) before the war in September 1939. (Photo: NHHC) Around 400 crew members died during the sinking, but arguably it is most famous for what the survivors of the sinking went through before they were rescued. Many suffered dehydration and heat-related illnesses, as well as shark attacks. The sink...

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