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  • USS Indianapolis Discovery Spurs Relief, Concern from Survivors and Families

    08/22/2017 8:58:47 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 21, 2017 | Ben Werner
    As news spread over the weekend about the discovery of USS Indianapolis (CA-35), the World War II cruiser lost in the war’s waning days, emotions of anyone associated with the ship ranged from joy, to relief, to consternation. Closure was brought to the few remaining survivors, and the families of crew members who survived or perished when the ship was torpedoed after completing its secret mission delivering to the Pacific island of Tinian the components of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Their friends and loved ones wouldn’t be recovered, but at least they had a sense of where their...
  • Paul Allen finds lost WWII ship USS Indianapolis

    08/20/2017 9:42:16 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 51 replies
    MSN ^ | Leigh Hedger
    "We've located the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis in Philippine Sea at 5500m below the sea." That tweet from entrepreneur and billionaire Paul Allen around 12:20 p.m. Saturday confirmed what many have been searching for since the ship was sunk on July 30, 1945. Allen, who is leading a 13-person team on his 250-foot research ship, the R/V Petrel, said the wreckage was found at a depth of more than 18,000 feet.
  • FOUND: USS Indianapolis

    08/19/2017 5:45:30 PM PDT · by Kodos the Executioner · 5 replies ^ | 8/19/2017
    Researchers Announce Wreckage from USS Indianapolis Located
  • Long lost USS Indianapolis wreckage discovered by Paul Allen crew

    08/19/2017 5:12:43 PM PDT · by DFG · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/19/2017 | Fox News
    Wreckage from the USS Indianapolis, which sank 72 years ago after being torpedoed during World War II, was found in the Philippine Sea by the expedition crew of billionaire Paul Allen. The Indianapolis was hit by the Japanese on July 30, 1945 and sank in only 12 minutes, leading to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the Navy's history. Of 1,196 crew aboard the ship, only 317 survived.
  • Billionaire Paul Allen Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea

    08/19/2017 1:08:09 PM PDT · by Riley · 95 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | August 19, 2017 | Ben Werner
    Seventy-two years after two torpedoes fired from a Japanese submarine sunk cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), the ship’s wreckage was found resting on the seafloor on Saturday – more than 18,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean’s surface.
  • Why dropping the bomb 70 years ago was necessary, and why we need to be ready to do it again

    08/09/2015 10:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 9, 2015 | George Jonas
    On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after 8:00 a.m. local time, a lone American B-29 was conducting what seemed to be a reconnaissance flight at high altitude over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. At about 16 minutes after 8:00, the aircraft released an object over the centre of town. Attached to parachutes, the object floated down slowly enough to give the four-engine Boeing Superfortress time to turn and lumber out of the airspace. The atom bomb exploded at about 1,900 feet above the centre of Hiroshima. The devastation was cataclysmic. Immediate casualties, dead and injured, numbered approximately 115,000....
  • USS Indianapolis survivor Clarence Hershberger dies at 89

    05/14/2015 9:03:13 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 24 replies
    WIBC radio (Indianapolis) ^ | 5/14/14 | Ray Steele
    Another of the remaining survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis has died...
  • USS Indianapolis sunk on July 30, 1945. Newly revealed photos from the ship being digitized.

    07/30/2014 10:09:37 AM PDT · by Saint X · 45 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | July 30, 2014 | U.S. Naval Institute
    In the closing days of World War II, torpedoes from a Japanese submarine slammed into the side of USS Indianapolis and doomed the heavy cruiser. The sailors who didn’t drown were left adrift on the open ocean for four days during which they battled the elements, starvation and shark attacks. Fewer than 320 from the ship’s original crew of 1,196 survived.
  • 69 years after USS Indianapolis tragedy, survivor tells his tale

    07/26/2014 1:06:43 AM PDT · by Rabin · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | july 25, 2014 | Carlos Bongioanni
    July 30, 1945, two torpedoes struck the USS Indianapolis with almost 1,200 men aboard. The xplosions obliterated the ship’s front, water rushed in. Bulkheads crumpled. It only took 12 minutes for the cruiser to sink.
  • USS Indianapolis sinking: 'You could see sharks circling (68th anniversary )

    07/30/2013 5:49:37 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 72 replies
    BBC ^ | 07/28/2103 | Alex Last
    When USS Indianapolis was hit by Japanese torpedoes in the final weeks of WWII, hundreds of crewmen jumped into the water to escape the burning ship. Surrounded by sharks, they waited for a response to their SOS. But no one had been sent to look for them. In late July 1945, USS Indianapolis had been on a special secret mission, delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the Pacific Island of Tinian where American B-29 bombers were based. Its job done, the warship, with 1,197 men on board, was sailing west towards Leyte in the Philippines when it was...
  • Rescuer, survivor in sinking to unite (WWII, USS Indianapolis)

    11/12/2008 9:07:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 375+ views ^ | 11.11.08 | JUSTO BAUTISTA
    A survivor and a rescuer in one of the deadliest episodes in U.S. Navy history — the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in World War II — will be reunited Thursday at Lakeland Regional High School. The cruiser, which carried parts for the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, was sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945, four days after it delivered the parts to Tinian Island. After it was sunk, 900 crew members spent days in shark-infested waters; only 316 survived. One of the survivors, Don Blum of Scarsdale, N.Y., will attend the program Thursday, called...
  • Sailor spreads ashes of grandfather who survived USS Indianapolis tragedy

    10/31/2008 6:17:18 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 16 replies · 814+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10/31/08
    YOKOSUKA, Japan - When the submarine USS Ohio surfaced at sea and Machinist Mate 1st Class Jason Witty emerged from the hatch to look around, he saw calm, blue water under a peaceful sky — perfect for the solemn task he was about to perform. On the map, the Ohio was afloat in just another indistinguishable expanse of the Pacific Ocean. As Witty stood on deck holding a silver pitcher, the vessel was alone. Just like the ill-fated USS Indianapolis, 63 years earlier.
  • The jaws massacre: How 900 stricken men were surrounded by killer sharks (USS Indianapolis)

    08/18/2007 10:18:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies · 2,004+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 8/17/07 | Tony Rennell
    There were fins all around, the killer sharks just circling, waiting, assessing their prey in their usual silent, sinister way. For the men strung out in the oil-streaked water, clinging to the sides of flimsy rafts or floating in sodden life-jackets, the sight was terrifying and the underwater brush of leathery skin against a submerged leg, or the nudge of a snout, was gut-wrenching. These men were already survivors, the remaining 900 sailors of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Just three-quarters of the crew had managed to get off the heavy cruiser when she was blown apart by torpedoes from a Japanese...
  • Ocean of Fear (The Story of the USS Indianapolis Shark Attacks)

    07/29/2007 6:03:44 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 14 replies · 3,083+ views
    Discovery Channel | 7/29/2007 | n/a
    Documentary on the USS Indianapolis, its sinking, and the worst shark attacks in history, on Discovery Channel right now.
  • This Day In History - World War II July 29, 1945 Japanese sink the USS Indianapolis

    1945 : Japanese sink the USS Indianapolis On this day in 1945, Japanese warships sink the American cruiser Indianapolis, killing 883 seamen in the worst loss in the history of the U.S. navy. As a prelude to a proposed invasion of the Japanese mainland, scheduled for November 1, U.S. forces bombed the Japanese home islands from sea and air, as well as blowing Japanese warships out of the water. The end was near for Imperial Japan, but it was determined to go down fighting. Just before midnight of the 29th, the Indianapolis, an American cruiser that was the flagship of...
  • USS Indianapolis exhibit opens Saturday

    07/07/2007 10:01:04 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 21 replies · 2,170+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 7, 2007 | A.P.
    INDIANAPOLIS - Sixty-two years after Japanese torpedoes sank the USS Indianapolis in shark-infested waters, an exhibit in the vessel's namesake city documents its tragic end in the final weeks of World War II. The exhibit at the Indiana War Memorial, opening Saturday, includes letters and telegrams about the cruiser's July 30, 1945, sinking, the ship's bell and even the type of life jacket that kept the oil-drenched servicemen who survived afloat in the ocean for more than four harrowing days. "We're trying to keep the story alive and the museum would make it permanent. It will make the story live...
  • Ernesto Portillo Jr.: Philippine Sea ordeal still vivid for survivor of USS Indianapolis

    04/14/2006 6:20:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies · 793+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Ernesto Portillo Jr.
    Nearly 61 years after surviving a living nightmare, it's still not easy for Adolfo Celaya to talk about what he endured that night in 1945. Celaya, who grew up in Barrio Viejo, was an 18-year-old sailor on the USS Indianapolis. He worked in the ship's belly, where he helped feed oil into the vessel's four giant boilers. But on the night of July 30, Celaya was on the ship's deck in the Philippine Sea with his Tucson buddy, Santos Peña. Two Japanese torpedoes struck the cruiser. The Indy split and sank within 12 minutes, taking 300 of the 1,196 men...
  • USS Indianapolis survivors to speak in Praha [Texas]

    11/03/2005 3:33:34 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 722+ views
    The Victoria Advocate ^ | November 2, 2005
    PRAHA - Two survivors from the ship that transported components for the first atomic bomb to the Pacific and was the last U.S. ship to be sunk during World War II will be the guest speakers at Sunday's 43rd annual All Veterans Day Memorial Service at the St. Mary's Catholic Church cemetery. The two survivors are Buck Gibson of Waco and Loel Dene Cox of Comanche. Ernest Chaloupka, a Praha resident and one of the organizers of the service, recalls having met some of the survivors from the ship after they were transported to the fleet hospital on Samar Island...
  • Silent all those years (USS Indianapolis)

    08/06/2005 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies · 2,335+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 05.08.05 | ROD ALLEE
    This is the 60th anniversary. On May 8, 1945, the United States celebrated Victory in Europe. On Aug. 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress taking off from the island of Tinian, leveled Hiroshima with the world's first uranium bomb. On Aug. 14, 1945, came Victory over Japan Day. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the sinking of the heavy cruiser that transported parts for the atomic bomb to Tinian, the USS Indianapolis. Few knew then what happened - or why - to the Indianapolis, a flagship in the Fifth Fleet and veteran of the attack on...
  • A&M researchers find fleet of sunken submarines

    06/13/2004 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Dog Gone · 32 replies · 393+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2004
    COLLEGE STATION -- Two Texas A&M University researchers have found the wreckage of a fleet of Japanese submarines that terrorized U.S. ships throughout World War II, including the one that sank the USS Indianapolis. Only 316 of the 1,196 men on the Indianapolis survived the sinking and shark-infested waters after the ship was torpedoed in July 1945. It was America's worst wartime loss at sea. The Navy used explosives to sink that Japanese submarine and 23 others in April 1946 to prevent the former Soviet Union from taking advantage of the technological equipment they contained. The location of the wreckage...