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(IndyStar)   Survivor of the USS Indianapolis sinking describes floating in the ocean for days waiting to be rescued and it's even more terrifying than Quint's tale in 'Jaws.' "The body would go under, and then that life vest popped back up"   (indystar.com) divider line 120
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2014-07-27 12:25:47 PM  

wingedkat: Billy Liar: SauronWasFramed: If you get the chance, read "Only 317 Survived  USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Navy's Worst Tragedy at Sea...880 Men Died"  ISBN 0-9725960-0-3, 2002.  It is a book about the real experiences of the USS Indianapolis survivors as told by the survivors.

There was also "Abandon Ship!" which came out in the mid-1950s, I think, and then again after "Jaws" revived the story, and then again awhile back with updates...excellent book that covered the journey, the sinking, the aftermath, the court-martial.  The Navy was so intent on the cover-up of its negligence and trying to lay the blame on the captain, that it actually subpoenaed the Japanese sub commander that sank the Indianapolis...The Navy wanted to prove that the Indy should have taken zigzag evasion moves.  The sub commander said that that's what they expected ships to do, so it wouldn't have made any difference....

Huh, I was looking for why the captain was cout-marshaled but that explains it.

It seems really strange to me to court-martial someone for the actions of the enemy. Court-martial should be for disobeying orders or gross negligence, like the drunk and the guy who ignored the distress call.


I believe they charged him with not following orders, as the standing orders were to zig zag in certain conditions. There was some disagreement over if those conditions were met.
 
2014-07-27 12:28:15 PM  

Iczer: [i.telegraph.co.uk image 460x287]

These guys will eat you quite intentionally, and do so with a smile, if you happen to be involved in some kind of nautical disaster at sea... The Bull obviously is the biggest threat since it likes murky areas near shore (and can go inland through freshwater rivers), but the Oceanic White Tip is basically the nautical disaster garbage disposal.


I avoid them all.
 
2014-07-27 12:37:08 PM  

Duck_of_Doom: Mock26: get real: You all kinda suck.....having a father in WW2 and Korea....it must be fun to laugh at what your parent or grandparent did so you post shiat

Pfft.  He was probably a liar.  I bet your daddy shoveled schitt in Louisiana.

No it's possible. A guy I knew through work said he was a vet of both. As it turns out, he was in boot camp for the end of WWII, and got his discharge right before he was to ship to Korea for the start of that one.  He was quite proud of being a veteran of those 2 wars, and thrilled with all the accolades and reverence people heaped on him.


Pssst.  See Medic Zero's post.
 
2014-07-27 12:50:32 PM  
On Oct. 30, 2000, they got their wish, when McVay was posthumously exonerated by Congress and President Bill Clinton.

Typical bleeding heart liberal behavior.
 
2014-07-27 01:20:43 PM  

John Buck 41: pissnmoan: My wife's uncle survived the Indianapolis.  She has vague memories of him from when she was small.  He lived out his years in a catatonic condition, rocking on the front porch and chain smoking cigarettes.  The family had placed him in a veteran's home where he was bathed, dressed, fed, and parked on the front porch where he said nothing ever.  He died in his fifties from lung cancer.  He had been the pride of his family.  They describe him as a brilliant young man with an ebullient personality and a limitless future.

Christ, that's sad.


Yep. Not all the casualties of war bleed.

It's hard to count the number of men who come home from combat without a scratch on them, but are absolutely shattered by the experience.
 
2014-07-27 01:24:27 PM  
Sounds like a great story. Bob Zemeckis should make a movie out of it
 
2014-07-27 01:42:12 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Iczer: [i.telegraph.co.uk image 460x287]

These guys will eat you quite intentionally, and do so with a smile, if you happen to be involved in some kind of nautical disaster at sea... The Bull obviously is the biggest threat since it likes murky areas near shore (and can go inland through freshwater rivers), but the Oceanic White Tip is basically the nautical disaster garbage disposal.

I avoid them all.


With your username I would think they'd avoid YOU.
 
2014-07-27 01:43:50 PM  
What do you call an USS Indianapolis survivor with no legs?
 
2014-07-27 02:08:51 PM  

mcmnky: TheOther: Weatherkiss: get real: You all kinda suck.....having a father in WW2 and Korea....it must be fun to laugh at what your parent or grandparent did so you post shiat

I only had one father. I think it'd be awesome to have two dads!

You had a FATHER!?!?  Try being a dumpster baby grown from frozen embryo and sperm.

You had a DUMPSTER!¿!? Try being a toilet baby abandoned at junior prom.


Luxury! TJ: I used to dream of being a toilet baby. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.
 
2014-07-27 02:21:46 PM  
Always wondered why my WW2 dad drank himself to death after the war. Found out that they shot down a bunch of American transport planes full of paratroopers over Sicily. The planes were fireballs  falling from the sky with guys falling out of planes engulfed in fire. Fire everywhere. No one told them they were American planes.
 
2014-07-27 03:19:23 PM  
www.lassothemovies.com
 
2014-07-27 03:37:16 PM  

BorgiaGinz: mcmnky: TheOther: Weatherkiss: get real: You all kinda suck.....having a father in WW2 and Korea....it must be fun to laugh at what your parent or grandparent did so you post shiat

I only had one father. I think it'd be awesome to have two dads!

You had a FATHER!?!?  Try being a dumpster baby grown from frozen embryo and sperm.

You had a DUMPSTER!¿!? Try being a toilet baby abandoned at junior prom.

Luxury! TJ: I used to dream of being a toilet baby. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.


Count your blessings!  Not all of us are fortunate enough to have been born indoors.
 
2014-07-27 03:58:46 PM  

saturn badger: Gotta love the link for Secret USS Indianapolis photos unveiled to survivors. Don't bother. One photo.

So in Jaws they delivered the bomb. In reality they didn't. It was parts. No matter. I'm glad I was never on a sinking boat.


In those days they never shipped assembled bombs.
 
2014-07-27 03:58:57 PM  

Clash City Farker: What do you call an USS Indianapolis survivor with no legs?


Bob.
 
2014-07-27 04:32:24 PM  
I picked up some roast beef from Costco on Thursday.  It was awesome.  Eaten straight, cut up into a salad, or on sandwiches, it didn't matter.

I told the wife lets get more, even at the price, it was about $3.50 per meal which is not all that bad.
My wife didn't seem to like this, because I guess it eats into her pocket money.
She purchased some roast and told me that she can make some just as good for less money.
Well, she did but it was so damn dry and tasteless, I think the crew of the Indianapolis would have spit it out because it was absorbing what little moisture they had left in their mouth.

What is the best way to tell her I would rather eat the roast beef from Costco and hold my shiats in until I get to work, so as to save money on toilet paper, rather than eat her roast again.
 
2014-07-27 05:10:33 PM  

Ambivalence: ArcadianRefugee: I was here on Fark making cancer jokes the same day my father died of lung cancer. Got me a month of TF for it, too.

So, uhm

[www.troll.me image 276x260]

I had a dream that my husband was killed by getting hit by a train, and I came on fark not for condolances, but for people to make jokes about it.

My favorite was the "O Brother where art thou" references.  He loves that movie.


A lot of respectable people have been hit by trains.
 
2014-07-27 05:15:53 PM  

El Dudereno: John Buck 41: pissnmoan: My wife's uncle survived the Indianapolis.  She has vague memories of him from when she was small.  He lived out his years in a catatonic condition, rocking on the front porch and chain smoking cigarettes.  The family had placed him in a veteran's home where he was bathed, dressed, fed, and parked on the front porch where he said nothing ever.  He died in his fifties from lung cancer.  He had been the pride of his family.  They describe him as a brilliant young man with an ebullient personality and a limitless future.

Christ, that's sad.

Yep. Not all the casualties of war bleed.

It's hard to count the number of men who come home from combat without a scratch on them, but are absolutely shattered by the experience.


My great-uncle served aboard a repair ship in the war, the Jason. He never talked about the war, all we knew was from the yearbook he brought back. I once asked why he never said anything, it was then I found out he was a welder and the first aboard damaged ships to clear the wreckage. And the bodies beneath.
 
2014-07-27 05:16:16 PM  
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2014-07-27 06:21:20 PM  

Popo Bawa: I mean 'oil and fuel' pooling at the surface.


I like the idea of "oil and gruel" pooling at the surface, though.
 
2014-07-27 08:10:35 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: get real: You all kinda suck.....having a father in WW2 and Korea....it must be fun to laugh at what your parent or grandparent did so you post shiat

During WWII, my grandfather got drunk, stole a plane, and ended up spending most of the war in the brig. I think that's hilarious.


My uncle was a driver for a general in WW2. He said it was terrifying. He was constantly afraid he was going to die of boredom.

/another uncle was a USMC flamethrower in the Pacific campaign. He just said "you don't want to know"
 
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