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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 21
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2014-07-27 01:29:58 AM  
4 votes:

nickdaisy: OMG LOL these guys think they had it bad?  I'm $178,000 in debt and can't find a job because these geezers won't retire and screwed up the economy! Greatest Generation my azz!  When was the last time you saw one of these old cranks send a decent tweet, or create a cool tumblr page. The Korean War was like 500 years ago-- let it go! Whatevs!


Your confusing baby boomers with their parents.
2014-07-27 11:56:50 AM  
3 votes:

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....
2014-07-26 09:49:49 PM  
3 votes:
Anyway, they delivered the bomb
2014-07-26 08:49:42 PM  
2 votes:
It doesn't sound more terrifying. It sounds more detailed.

Then again, you have to remember the guy who wrote Quint's monologue was the best writer in Hollywood, not a guy on the wreck. He was the guy you called to "polish" your scripts and wrote pretty much all the best scenes for a good decade there in Hollywood.

Quint's monologue, Dirty Harry's feel lucky, and a handful of other quintessential Hollywood moments. I'll go look it up.
2014-07-27 08:10:35 PM  
1 votes:

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"
2014-07-27 01:20:43 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:30:48 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-07-27 11:08:21 AM  
1 votes:
It wasn't just the Indianapolis that had a big percentage of its crew die in the water. The USS Juneau was torpedoed and sank in 1942; the explosion that sank her was so violent the crew of the ships she was with thought no one could have survived, so they didn't bother telling anyone until they reached port. About 400 men survived the sinking, but only a small handful were actually rescued. Then there was the USS Houston and HMAS Perth, sunk in early 1942 and the Japanese basically left the crew to drown. For that matter, there were literally thousands of ships sunk in the Pacific where the crew realized they were on their own and one by one, died without anyone ever knowing what happened to them. What's so interesting about the Indianapolis' survivors is we DO know what happened to them, and can imagine the same fate occurred to all those other men who found themselves in that situation.
2014-07-27 08:36:36 AM  
1 votes:

AngryDragon: nickdaisy: OMG LOL these guys think they had it bad?  I'm $178,000 in debt and can't find a job because these geezers won't retire and screwed up the economy! Greatest Generation my azz!  When was the last time you saw one of these old cranks send a decent tweet, or create a cool tumblr page. The Korean War was like 500 years ago-- let it go! Whatevs!

Satire, but I've heard Millenials talk like this.

You'd figure a "178k" education would include some history and critical thinking.


I've worked with thousands of Millennials at four different universities drawing from all social and economic backgrounds. I don't recall ever once hearing them say any shiat like that.

In fact, as a whole Millennials are so damned respectful of their parents and grandparents it sometimes pissed me off.

And as far as NickDaisy's "satire" goes, that'd be the Boomer Generation that's refusing to make room in the workforce for the next generations and tanking the economy. The Greatest Generation is busy dying off. Get your rant details right. But then, I suppose it wouldn't have been topical.
2014-07-27 07:49:31 AM  
1 votes:
Interesting bit at the end about this guy holding the great granddaughter of the guy who sunk his ship, must have been quite a surreal whats it all for / why do we kill each other moment.
2014-07-27 07:06:11 AM  
1 votes:
Weatherkiss: I think it'd be awesome to have two dads!


Yeah we know .
2014-07-27 05:30:09 AM  
1 votes:

HotWingAgenda: 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

If I had a biatchfit every time someone cracked jokes about my old man's career choices, I would have died of a heart attack at the age of twelve.


My Dad was drafted into the Army to fight in Korea. Tell me how that's a career choice.
2014-07-27 04:55:22 AM  
1 votes:

Kittypie070: phrawgh: vomit!

Eat sh*t.


Boy, you just got trolled.  And to make it worse, it was not even a good troll.
2014-07-27 04:54:17 AM  
1 votes:

Ex-Texan: Wasn't there a senate inquiry a few years ago, that came to the conclusion sharks didn't get the guys? Now I'm no icthyologist, but it seems to me there'd be a lot of blood in the water. I'm thinking bullshiat on that story. When I was in junior high, I remember mandatory reading stories likew this, sailors going in the water, and being picked off by sharks. One part, a guy in a life jacket bobbed up, they knew the sharks got him, but didn't realize for sure until he flipped over in the water, and his bottom half was gone.
Speaking of "Jaws", I remember when it came out in '76 or so, my Uncle was telling my Dad about it, he said it scared you shiatless. He said when the movie was over,"That theatre stunk!" Was before Star Wars.
Lotsa kids nowadays cry over paper cuts, any blood in movies, or their parents expressing outrage over a movie that isn't Sky Wizard specific, or a diluted, mentally ill representative of such.


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2014-07-27 03:21:05 AM  
1 votes:

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


If I had a biatchfit every time someone cracked jokes about my old man's career choices, I would have died of a heart attack at the age of twelve.
2014-07-27 03:04:31 AM  
1 votes:
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
2014-07-27 02:39:57 AM  
1 votes:
I'm not too familiar with what happened, so I thought I'd have a quick read of Wikipedia. The following sentence stood out:

"The  Indianapolis sent distress calls before sinking. Three stations received the signals; however, none acted upon the call. One commander was drunk, another had ordered his men not to disturb him and a third thought it was a Japanese trap."

What.
2014-07-27 02:15:14 AM  
1 votes:
Wasn't there a senate inquiry a few years ago, that came to the conclusion sharks didn't get the guys? Now I'm no icthyologist, but it seems to me there'd be a lot of blood in the water. I'm thinking bullshiat on that story. When I was in junior high, I remember mandatory reading stories likew this, sailors going in the water, and being picked off by sharks. One part, a guy in a life jacket bobbed up, they knew the sharks got him, but didn't realize for sure until he flipped over in the water, and his bottom half was gone.
Speaking of "Jaws", I remember when it came out in '76 or so, my Uncle was telling my Dad about it, he said it scared you shiatless. He said when the movie was over,"That theatre stunk!" Was before Star Wars.
Lotsa kids nowadays cry over paper cuts, any blood in movies, or their parents expressing outrage over a movie that isn't Sky Wizard specific, or a diluted, mentally ill representative of such.
2014-07-27 02:03:23 AM  
1 votes:
Not impressed:
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2014-07-26 10:44:05 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-07-26 09:06:02 PM  
1 votes:
Quint's monolog was a bit disjointed in places, I think the point was that he was half in the bag while telling it.
 
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