Ordeal by the Sea : The Tragedy of the U.S.S Indianapolis

Registered by TITurtle1 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on 6/24/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by TITurtle1 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, June 24, 2005
Will read...

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I won this in a live swap at the Charleston Convention

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 22, 2012
This is the story of the USS Indianapolis. On July 30, 1945 just having delivered an atomic bomb the ship hurried to rendezvous with the rest of the Pacific fleet. A Japanese submarine launched a torpedo and the ship began to sink. The order was given to abandon ship and 1,196 men did so. Five days later they were finally rescued but only 317 remained.

Ordeal is a very apropos name as that is what the men went through. Terrible shark attacks and dehydration were a few of the nightmares these men suffered. Several mistakes were made but I felt the Captain was made to take the blame for most of them.

The ship had zigzagged for most of the evening when the threat of sub attack was high but having reached what was considered a safer area according to the fleet's reports they quit taking the time to zig zag to their peril. The torpedo hit and there seemed to be some chaos.

For all the men who ended up in the water there were not enough life boats and so some had to cling on to the sides and face potential shark attack. There was also dehydration and the subsequent hallucinations following the drinking of salt water.

No one in the fleet command thought to pay attention to this ship's whereabouts and subsequently these men were not looked for and only found by luck. The Captain was eventually court martialed. In this case it seems that the lowest man on the totem pole gets the blame.

A very interesting book about the hardship of abandoning ship.

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, July 21, 2012
Reading now!

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, July 28, 2012
A large cruiser called the USS Indianapolis was responsible for delivering the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the island of Tinian. Now, on a new mission in the Pacific, suddenly two explosions slam in to the ship from Japanese torpedoes. In a matter of minutes, the ship starts sinking and some big decisions need to be made.

The description of what happened in the time between the ship being hit and sinking is rather disjointed, as Helm jumps around to many different stories, re-starting at the time of the hit for each person. There's no logical break in these stories either so at times it feels rather poorly written. However, the point of this book is to tell what happened to the men on the ship during this time.

The other oddity in this case is that the captain, Charles McVay, was court martialed when he returned to the USA. Not many people seem to fully understand why this happened and to this day they are still trying to overturn the decision.

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 29, 2012
This book is back with me

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 10, 2013
My mom, AceofHearts, passed away from breast cancer on September 17, 2013. Aside from being one of the best people I know, she was an avid reader and took immense pleasure in Bookcrossing, her book club, and reading many great books.

Before she passed, she showed me all of her owed books and the books she wanted to give away as RABCKs, making sure that I would send everything on should anything happen. This book was marked for Krin as an owed book.

Sent today.

Journal Entry 8 by krin511 at Olney, Maryland USA on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Arrived today - thanks!

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