The Tragic Sinking of the USS Indianapolis: A Story of Survival and Tragedy

TLDR The USS Indianapolis, involved in a secret mission during World War II, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, leaving almost 900 sailors stranded in the open ocean. After four days and five nights, only 316 men were rescued, leading to changes in the US Navy and a long-awaited exoneration for the ship's captain.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 The USS Indianapolis was involved in the worst sea disaster in American naval history, with its sailors facing a terrifying fate.
02:00 The USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser, was involved in various missions during World War II before being assigned to a secret mission in the summer of 1945.
03:37 The USS Indianapolis was tasked with delivering half the world's supply of enriched uranium-235 for the atomic bomb, but after being struck by torpedoes from a Japanese submarine, it sank in 12 minutes, leaving almost 900 sailors stranded in the open ocean facing the risks of drowning and dehydration.
04:59 The sailors stranded in the open ocean after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis faced the risks of dehydration, shark attacks, and delirium from sun exposure and exhaustion.
06:18 The survivors of the USS Indianapolis were rescued by planes after four days and five nights in the water, with some men being lashed to the wings of the plane due to the large number of survivors.
07:45 The USS Indianapolis survivors were rescued by several ships, but only 316 out of approximately 900 men were saved, and an investigation found that the Navy's tracking system was flawed and that the captain of the ship was court-martialed for not zigzagging to avoid submarines.
09:13 The sinking of the USS Indianapolis led to changes in the US Navy, including the creation of the movement report system and the requirement for ships with over 500 sailors to have an escort ship. Captain McVeigh was exonerated in 2000 and the wreckage of the ship was found in 2017.
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