The Wreckage Of USS Indianapolis, Lost For 72 Years, Is Found At The Bottom Of The Philippine Sea

Submitted by: melcervini 11 months ago in News & Politics

The USS Indianapolis and its sailors.

It's been 72 years since the USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it in the final days of World War II.

A team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the cruiser's wreckage Friday on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 18,000 feet below the surface. The discovery brings a measure of closure to one of most tragic maritime disasters in US naval history.
"To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling," Allen said.

And if you're interested in what the USS Indianapolis crew when through after it was hit and sunk by Japan, this sailor's harrowing tale

And here's how Robert Shaw's USS Indianapolis scene in "Jaws" scene came to be  

There are 6 comments:
Male 2,784
That would be ~1200 men, not 12,000.
Male 42,934
dromed 1,196 crewmen aboard - Yes I noticed that too, it kind of sticks out eh?
Where would they put 12,000 men on a cruiser? Even a big one like her class was...

She was returning from delivering the first atomic bomb (Little Boy) when hit & sunk. Imagine if that sub had caught her on the way there? How different the war would have been :/ and not for the better either.
Female 5,795
Thanks for the awesome spit and polish Fancy :)
Male 42,934
melcervini Fancy usually does a terrific job eh? Except for the occasional typo... (12,000) Lolz! ;-)