Re: 16 Months at adrift at Sea
Originally Posted by stagman
...In Harm's Way. It's the story of the USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser (CA-35) which amongst other things set the record for fastest sailing from SF to Pearl, was the favorite of FDR, and was ADM Spruance's flagship. She was torpedoed right at the end of the war and the Navy was so caught up in preparations for surrender that no one ever reported her overdue. of her crew of roughly 1200, 900 went into the water. After 4 days of exposure only 317 made it out.
My father in law served three years on Indy and was part of the crew that took FDR to Rio prior to Pearl Harbor. Was on USS Pensacola in the Pacific when Pearl Harbor was struck and spent over three years there...in Battle of Coral Sea/Midway/Tassafaronga Strait (torpedoed and lost several men)/Leyte Gulf/Lingayen Gulf/Okinawa. Took a hit from a kamikaze. But the only time his voice would crack and he would tear up a bit when talking about the war was when he would talk about the crew members he knew on Indy who were still aboard and were lost when she was torpedoed on her way back to Pearl.
“Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world.” – Nicholas Monsarrat