|Birth: ||Aug. 9, 1921|
|Death: ||Jul. 30, 1945|
F2 Williard Eugene Harris served in the US Navy in WW II aboard the cruiser, USS Indianapolis, which picked up "Little Boy" (the atomic bomb) on the West Coast and delivered it to the Air Force on Tinian Island in the southwest Pacific on July 26, 1945. Four days later the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Eugene was reported missing in action. The family was notified years ago and we calculate he died on July 30, 1945.
The world's first operational atomic bomb was delivered by the Indianapolis, (CA-35) to the island of Tinian on 26 July 1945. The Indianapolis then reported to CINCPAC (Commander-In-Chief, Pacific) Headquarters at Guam for further orders. She was directed to join the battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan. The Indianapolis, unescorted, departed Guam on a course of 262 degrees making about 17 knots.
At 14 minutes past midnight, on 30 July 1945, midway between Guam and Leyte Gulf, she was hit by two torpedoes out of six fired by the I-58, a Japanese submarine. The first blew away the bow, the second struck near midship on the starboard side adjacent to a fuel tank and a powder magazine. The resulting explosion split the ship to the keel, knocking out all electric power. Within minutes she went down rapidly by the bow, rolling to starboard.
Of the 1,196 aboard, about 900 made it into the water in the twelve minutes before she sank. Few life rafts were released. Most survivors wore the standard kapok life jacket. Shark attacks began with sunrise of the first day and continued until the men were physically removed from the water, almost five days later.
b/o Janie Harris Fergison Kunkle
Thomas Jefferson Harris (1871 - 1938)
Tennessee Thomas Harris (1879 - 1958)
Janie Fergison Kunkel (1907 - 2010)*
Willard Eugene Harris (1921 - 1945)
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
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