U.S.S. Indianapolis

By: Jake Thelen

The Accident

On July 30th, 1945, around Midnight, the USS Indianapolis was sunken by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The vessel sank in 12 minutes. Out of 1,196 men on board, approximately 300 died in the sinking ship and the remainder, of about 900 men, were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats. This event was the worst shark attack every recorded. The survivors accidentally were found four days later only 316 men were still alive.

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Significance & Background

The USS Indianapolis had just finished it's mission which ironically was to deliver the atomic bomb scheduled to be dropped on Hiroshima a week after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The USS Indianapolis was headed back to base from the atomic bomb delivery when it went down.

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