The Last Voyage of the Indianapolis

By: Bronson Vann

That Night

On July 30, 1945, late at night, the mighty USS Indianapolis was sailing between Guam and Leyte Gulf. The night sky was pitch black - so black the sailors could barely see a foot in front of them. So black they weren't able to see the Japanese ship fire torpedoes at them. Before they new it, they were jumping off the boat, and into the murky, shark infested, depths.
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The Swim

Some managed to get to a life raft. But because the ship sank, the crew lost all their fresh water and soon went crazy with dehydration. The commander, Captain McVay, had to do three things to help his crew survive; don't go crazy, take control, and give orders. Even after a day of being left at sea, Navy planes never came. Their only solution was to try to get noticed. So the remaining crew members formed a giant circle in order to get noticed by a passing plane. About five days later, a plane rescued them.

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The Trial

McVay was called down to court for supposedly being the cause of the USS Indianapolis sinking. People thought he was responsible for the sinking because he wasn't zigzagging. He was found guilty and lost 100 points in his "temporary grade of captain."
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Hunter Scott

A boy named Hunter Scott did a project for his National History Day at his school. He soon realized that the captain was innocent. After that, he went to court and proved to the court that it was the Navy's fault that the people were killed. The distress signal went out to the Navy, but they thought it was a trick. The captain's name was cleared in October 2000.

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