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!READ EPUB ☤ In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors ♌ A harrowing, adrenalinecharged account of America's worst naval disaster — and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived Interweaving the stories of survivors, Doug Stanton has brought this astonishing human drama to life in a narrative that is at once immediate and timeless The definitive account of a littleknown chapter in World War II history, In Harm's Way is destined to become a classic tale of war, survival, and extraordinary courageOn July the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine An estimatedmen were killed upon impact; close tosailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia The captain's subsequent courtmartial left many questions unanswered: How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? And perhaps most amazing of all, how did thesemen manage to survive?
True story of the U.S.S Indianapolis torpedoed and sunk near the end of WWII by a Japanese submarine Based on interviews with survivors, extensive research, and review of declassified information, the author sheds light on what really happened to the ship and its crew It starts with an ending, then traces the ship’s last journey from San Francisco to Tinian to deliver an important cargo to its final resting place at the bottom of the Philippine Sea It brings to light the series of miscommunications, misguided naval directives, and errors in judgment that led to the survivors spending an inordinate amount of time awaiting rescue, resulting in unnecessary deaths at sea The captain became a scapegoat for an act of war to divert attention from this series of fiascos In addition to the riveting human saga, it includes scientific explanations for the miseries endured by the survivors This book comprises a crisp, welltold, powerful piece of history Recommended to those interested in the history of WWII, survival stories, or rectification of injustice An impressive work that made a difference. “Very first light, Chief…sharks come cruisin'.” Can you name that movie? Yep, you and everybody else guessed it: the 1975 classic Jaws I’d argue that the majority of those from every generation since the 1970’s to present first learned of the USS Indianapolis and her crew’s fate through this film alone; I did when I first saw it at about six or seven years of age and to be perfectly honest the story scared the living shit out of me cuz unlike the fictional motion picture, it really happened Notwithstanding the scenes of the first attack and the shark’s watery emergence toward the chumthrowing Chief Brody, Quint’s telling of this infamous World War II naval tragedy, for me, is probably the most fascinating moment of the film and arguably the greatest monologue in cinematic history, hence the root of my interest with the late naval cruiser bearing the name of the Hoosier State’s capitol city.If you are a fan of the movie and are curious to know the real story of what happened in the Philippine Sea in late July and early August 1945, then take a look at In Harm's Way Even the cover of the current edition of this book resembles some of the long shots of a famous boat in film noir that’s christened after another sea predator of the mammalian variety, thereby linking pop culture with history well.After arriving at Tinian in the Mariana Islands and delivering key components of “Little Boy,” the atomic bomb which would later be assembled and dropped on Hiroshima by the B29 bomber Enola Gay, the Indianapolis set sail for Guam and then onward to the Philippine Island of Leyte to begin preparations and training for the invasion of Japan The cruiser had been struck and almost sunk by a kamikaze plane during the Battle of Okinawa a few months earlier and the repairs at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard adjacent to Vallejo, CA were rushed and not adequately completed, making the hull weaker than usual.Sailing alone on a moonless night without destroyer escort or even its own antisubmarine sonar technology, the Indy became a sitting duck and was hit by two torpedoes just after midnight on July 29, 1945 by the Japanese submarine I58 In 12 minutes the ship receded below the waves forever.Due to mishaps in communication between various Naval and Army personnel at HQ’s and intelligence stations on Guam, Peleliu and Leyte, hardly anyone landbound knew of the overdue Indy until sadly too much time had passed Those who had been able to abandon ship were adrift in the sea for over a hundred hours battling maneating sharks, hypothermia, sunexposure, dehydration, lackofsleep, hallucinations and dementia They were finally rescued due to a serendipitous sighting by the crew of an antisubmarine aircraft on patrol in the middle of thousands of square miles of open ocean.Interestingly, one of the last survivors to be extracted from the sea was Giles McCoy, a teenaged Marine veteran of the Battle of Peleliu who thought surviving on that Island of Hell wasn't anything like his fight for life after the Indy’s sinking because of the constant feeling of complete helplessness, let alone the harsh environmental elements.The goodlooking, popular and adept Captain Charles McVay would become a scapegoat by being courtmartialed and convicted of the disaster which was considered an injustice among the surviving crew, press and many in the public After years of guilt and receiving constant hatemail even from the families of his lost crewmen, the captain would commit suicide in 1968 at the age of 70 He wouldn't be exonerated by the US Navy until 2001 This is an excellent story of man vs the sea set during the twilight days of WWII Think you’re having a bad day at work? Remind yourself of the fourday ordeal of the Indianapolis’ crew and you’ll stop complaining; cuz it could be a lot worse I recommend this 6outta5star book to literally… everyone. OMGGoosebumps REALLY!After delivering the last component of the Abomb, the USS Indianapolis (carrying a crew of almost 1,200) is torpedoed Within 12 minutes, an estimated 300 men have been killed, 900 have been forced into the oilslicked, sharkinfested sea, the ship has been sunk, and the first in a long line of oversights will guarantee the US navy is totally unaware of the ships fate until it is too late forthan 2/3 of displaced men.This story, competently told by Doug Stanton, sucked me in, wrenched my heart, and spit me back out a changed person Of course, I love these types of survival stories to begin with, but to Stanton's credit, he does a marvelous job in telling, also giving us a glimpse of the survivor's life in the aftermath of the tragedy.Great, fastpaced read. I tore through Doug Stanton’s In Harm’s Way at breakneck speed The book read like a novel I flipped through the pages like a hot knife passes through whipped butter Stanton’s book is so readable The Indianapolis was the ship tasked to carry the first atomic bomb from San Francisco over to the US strategic airbase at Tinian for eventual deployment over Hiroshima After discharging her cargo, the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine somewhere between Guam and Okinawa This disaster was the result of a series of blunders beyond the ship and her captain’s control Ah, but the Navy had to have a scapegoat The ship’s Captain, Charles B McVay would fulfill that role In the author’s opinion and mine, McVay was railroaded by the Secretary of the Navy, James Forestall and Ernest J King Why? He wasn’t zigzagging The Department of the Navy even brought in the Japanese submarine Captain to testify against Captain McVay Too bad for them, the Captain testified that zigzagging wouldn't of made a difference in this instance A US Submarine Captain then testified the same thing It didn't matter The Captain was found guilty The Navy had their scapegoat The men were adrift in shark infested waters for 4 days before they were discovered Their SOS was ignored They did not show up in port and that was also ignored It was a grueling ordeal and men were hallucinating, suffering from hypothermia, severe dehydration, and poisoning from the ingestion of salt water The life preservers were becoming waterlogged and losing their buoyancy The shark feeding frenzy led to the deaths of 200 men Finally, the men were discovered by a US Navy patrol squadron looking for enemy submarines The Navy, several hours into the rescue, was still not aware that the ship was missing! The brave men of the USS Indianapolis were in the water for 4 days and I finished the book in three afternoon sittings I love it when a book does this to me I regret that I ran out of pages I will readDoug Stanton books in the future.This book is not only a testament to the severe sacrifice of a group of Naval and Marine Veterans from WWII that alone would of made this story worth reading However, there was so muchStanton learned that his book helped the survivors cope with this disaster Men didn't understand why some shipmates just all of a sudden gave up and drowned One veteran said at a Indianapolis reunion that he was a bit ashamed and a bit baffled by this until he read the book The book allowed the survivors to finally understood the science about what was happening after wading in 85F seawater for 4 days and ingesting all the poisons from the sea Finally, this book along with a 6th graders history project was used to help exonerate Captain McVay for the loss of the Indianapolis by President Bill Clinton in October of 2000 This book leaves me wondering: Do we always have to have a scapegoat following a disaster? In Harm's Way is a shocking and unbelievably powerful true story, revolving around an event in history that shattered the lives of many, but the ones who survived never gave up hope. Like About Face and the Pat Tillman story, this book leaves one highly disillusioned I know I should praise the heroism of the survivors of this horrific tragedy (and that is a given), but my primary reaction to this book was actually one of disgust and great cynicism concerning the US military At every step of the way the USS Indianapolis was exploited in the mad rush to get the atomic bomb over to Japan she was rushed through maintenance repairs, upon arrival in the Pacific her captain was given false information about Japanese sub activity, upon being sunk her SOS messages (whose sendings were heroic efforts in and of themselves) were disregarded, and her nonarrival at her destination was conveniently ignored (multiple times) You want to scream in rage How could this happen Next, when the very small minority of her crew who survived the torpedoing were finally wrenched from the sea 34 days later, starving, delerious, sunscorched, hypothermic, hallucinating, and psychologically traumatized from seing mate after mate snatched under the waves by sharks, the story made the news for about 1 day before the very bomb she delivered was used to end the war Instead of a ticker tape parade for the heroes who delivered the bomb that ended the war sacrificing their ship and most of their lives in the effort the survivors returned to San Diego months later to a lame welcome party from the local Salvation Army Noone, least of all the Navy, wanted to disrupt the feel good vibe of VJ day with a horror story like this As one final awful insult, the captain, portrayed by the author and corroborated by every survivor as a truly decent man, was courtmartialed by the US Navy for not zigzagging to avoid submarine fire I cannot imagine anythingludicrous than a ship that size zigzagging Eventually he decides he would rather not live than continue to receive the hate mail that never ceased even 20 years after the war This is an important story that desperately needed to be told, but is not a feel good one, at least to me. This is the true story of the sinking of the great battleship USS Indianapolis during the final weeks of World War 11 It is heartbreaking to read of the cries of anguish during the attack on the ship So many young men sent to their graves at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean The secret mission of transporting and unloading the nuclear bomb on the small island of Tinian, to be later dropped on Hiroshima was complete However disaster for the battleship USS Indianapolis and her over 1200 sailors and officers was watching and waiting at the horizon Security of deciphered codes was so rigid in the Pacific battle plans that neither General MacArthur or Admiral Nimitz informed Captain McVay of Japanese submarines positioned in the retreat path of the USS Indianapolis To say that keeping the captain in the dark about enemy submarines in his path was a mistake is an understatement These men knew that the Indianapolis did not have the sonar gear used to detect submarines Hundreds of men died because of this mistake The Japanese submarine that sunk the Indianapolis carried the latest in torpedo technology The war was all but over so the commander of the sub, Mochitsura Hashimoto, was anxious to sink his first enemy ship and return to Japan a hero Two torpedoes struck the ship ripping it in two Men scrambled to get on deck and to find life jackets Horror of horrors three radio stations on the island of Leyte in the Philippines 650 miles to the west, occupied by American troops received SOS messages in the middle of the night yet chose to ignore them thereby leaving the drowning men in peril Following the war Congress learned of these disregarded messages from the messengers who had reported the distress calls to their superior officers They were being called upon to defend Captain McVay One of the officers, Commodore Gillette even called back two fast navy tugs that had set off and already completed seven hours of travel towards the rescue The description of the sinking warship is thorough, there was fire and oil, huge explosions, large metal equipment and bunk beds landing on the young sailors Things were equally wretched in the water Many were burned beyond recognition; they had swallowed oil and salt water and sharks were circling them Sharks have existed for 400 million years, they have been honed to evolutionary perfection with a jaw two feet wide The truth about sharks attacking sailors is apparently downplayed by the navy to maintain morale The young men applied their naval academy training and the few officers who had not drowned took command Many of the sailors were burned beyond recognition, were covered in oil were alive but near death They were 12 degrees from the Equator the temperature was nearly 200 degrees, they were swallowing salt water, vomiting and watching hundreds of sharks circling below them killing at least 60 men per day This accounting of the bravery of the sailors, marines and navy officers is superior to any novel written about WW11 The commander of the Japanese submarine that torpedoed the ship testified at the court case following the war that the American captain could not have prevented the attack After his return to Japan Commander Hashimoto became a priest.In reading In Harm's Way the thing that moved me the most were the final goodbyes the sailors gave as they died They, to a man, gave courageous farewells, not crying just accepting that their number had been called, Tell my mom I love her.No word was allowed to leak out that 1,196 U S sailors had.been lost and forgotten at sea for nearly 5 days. Find all of my reviews at: In the early morning of July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis (after delivering the makings of what was known as “Little Boy” – the atomic bomb that would eventually be dropped on Hiroshima) was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine The torpedoes nearly sheared the Indianapolis in half and within 12 minutes the entire ship would vanish to one of the deepest burial grounds in the ocean Nearly 300 men would die almost immediately – close to 900 would make it off the ship In Harm’s Way is the true story of what happened in the four days it took for the military to discover the survivors This has been on my toread list for an eternity In my mind it was always a book that could only be read during Shark Week As my bad luck and failing brain would have it, I generally put myself on the wait list too late and have simply been putting this off every year when the timing failed Until this year As someone who does not read a lot of nonfiction I will say this earns every one of its 5 Stars for being succinct, not bogged down in military lingo and technical mumbo jumbo and presenting a story so horrifyingly fascinating it read like fiction A must read for every shark addict I would guess that many people only know the story of the USS Indianapolis from the movie 'Jaws' and the story that Quint told in the one scene This is a story from history that should be known by all Americans It is a tale of utter despair and the depths to which humans can descend when placed in the worst situation possible I had read about and seen television programs about the Indianapolis but I learned a lotabout it than ever before Doug Stanton did an excellent job of getting the story from the survivors themselves Of the approximately 1,200 men who were on the Indianapolis when it was torpedoed, approximately 300 died immediately from the explosions and 900 went into the ocean When they were eventually rescued there were only 317 left alive.It is also the story of how the Navy scapegoated Captain Charles McVay which eventually led to his committing suicide.I had been under the impression that no SOS had been sent from the ship but that turned out to be false I highly recommend this book.