|Death: ||Jul. 30, 1945|
The U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial was established to honor the men of the USS Indianapolis, both those who died and those who survived four days in shark infested waters after the ship was sunk by a Japanese Submarine in WWII. An experiential reference to the Indianapolis was made by "Quint," the character portrayed by actor Robert Shaw in the movie "Jaws." The survivors continue to seek justice for the ship's late captain who was shamefully court-martialed. A few days after departing from Tinian Island where it delivered key components of the atomic bomb dropped by the Enola Gay on Hiroshima, the Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 men on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remainder, about 900 men, were left floating in shark infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. The ship was never missed, and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident four days later, only 316 men went on to survive. The ship's captain, the late Charles Butler McVay III, survived and was court-martialed and convicted of "hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag" despite overwhelming evidence that the Navy itself had placed the ship in harm's way,despite testimony from the Japanese submarine commander that zigzagging would have made no difference, and despite that fact that, although 700 navy ships were lost in combat in WWII, McVay was the only captain to be court-martialed. Recently declassified material adds to the evidence that McVay was a scapegoat for the mistakes of others. (bio by R. Barrett).
Kenneth C Mabee (1926 - 1945)*
U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jun 28, 2000
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The story of the Indianapolis is yet another reminder of what we, as Americans, owe the veterans of World War II. Sadly, they are departing us so quickly, their experiences and sacrifices are being lost to us before we can fully understand, and thank the...(Read more)|
Added: Jul. 13, 2016
I have always felt deep gratitude and respect for the horrors experienced by the crew of the USS Indianapolis. Theirs is an incredible story, still difficult even to contemplate. But now, during this particular week, I will mark EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of the...(Read more)|
Added: Jul. 30, 2015
Added: Jul. 30, 2015
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