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Last surviving marine of the USS
Indianapolis dies aged 96: WW2 hero
survived FIVE days in shark infested waters
after ship was sunk by Japanese torpedoes
in 1945

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Posted By: Imright, 5/10/2021 4:37:03 PM

The last surviving Marine who was on board the USS Indianapolis when it was torpedoed in World War II has died at the age of 96.Edgar Harrell, survived for five days in the ocean after the heavy cruiser sank in July 1945, and later told his horror story of watching other survivors being eaten by sharks while they waited for rescue.The crew were fresh off a top-secret mission to deliver uranium for the first atomic bombs to the island of Tinian, 500 miles east of the Philippines, when the ship was attacked by a Japanese submarine.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Namma 5/10/2021 4:45:54 PM (No. 781099)
A true hero. God bless you RIP. and thank you
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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher 5/10/2021 4:54:53 PM (No. 781109)
A true hero. I'm glad he got to live long enough to see the remains of the Indianapolis found and to see the whole crew get the Congressional Gold Medal in 2018.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 5/10/2021 5:07:29 PM (No. 781123)
Rest in Peace, Mr. Harrell. And I thank you for your service and your will to live, floating in the ocean for five days after the Indy was sunk by the Japanese sub. An interesting background observation - so, final assembly of the A-bombs that were dropped on Japan took place on Tinian Island? Perhaps DVC can shed some light on this?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Illinois Mom 5/10/2021 5:10:12 PM (No. 781125)
Can you even imagine the horror of those five days? A twenty year old kid living out everybody's worst nightmare? It's interesting that the Indianapolis was carrying components of The Bomb in 1945. present day present day My Dad was on a transport ship was carrying secret revolutionary radar equipment to MacArthur's team in Manilla in 1944. It was sunk in the same area, thankfully all aboard survived. Today's military is volunteer, thank goodness. Can you imagine entrusting missions like this, and the security of our nation to the average twenty year old draftee of today?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: panther361 5/10/2021 5:59:20 PM (No. 781160)
#3. Not sure on major final assembly, however the triggering mechanisms were installed in route to Hiroshima and Nagasaki aboard the respective B-29s.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog 5/10/2021 6:17:19 PM (No. 781178)
Well done faithful Marine. You are now united with all your shipmates in Paradise.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Buzzman 5/10/2021 6:29:14 PM (No. 781188)
One of America's true heroes. Rest in Peace and thank you for your enormous sacrifice. I still remember when what you fought for was important. Democrats of course think your a white xenophobe, racist, homophobic, misogynist, white supremacist, terrorist, anti-government, trump supporter. I'm so sorry that you fought for these people.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Iconoclast 5/10/2021 6:31:20 PM (No. 781190)
Re #3, it has always been my impression that one (or both) bombs were aboard the Indianapolis. This article implies that was not the case.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: formerNYer 5/10/2021 6:41:47 PM (No. 781199)
The story that Quint narrates in the movie Jaws is essentially correct except for the dates. The Portland-Class cruiser was beautiful. God Bless all those brave men in the US Navy that are still on patrol.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rumblehog 5/10/2021 7:23:49 PM (No. 781237)
Even if the sharks didn't get you, after a couple of days in seawater human skin just peels off whenever someone touches you. Those brave men who went through that hell while being pulled into the rescue boats literally fell apart in the arms of Corpsmen. It was tragic on all levels, but none so dramatically affected as the Captain of the Ship, Captain Charles B. McVay III. Semper Fi, brave Marine. Your country thanks you for your service, and will greatly miss you.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: NYbob 5/10/2021 7:34:47 PM (No. 781254)
Incredible sequence of events both good and bad that are part of this story. The Navy's incompetence in several key areas was and will be criminal for all time. The good is the fact that a patrol bomber stumbled across their oil slick and the only reason they saw that was because the pilot was resting from trying to reel in a trailing antenna that was fouled. That bomber had a lower observation panel that he happened to be looking thru. He thought it was a Japanese sub in trouble and went down for a bomb run. Then he saw the survivors and signaled their location. A PBY crew was changing shifts and when they heard the signal took off without orders to the location. The PBY pilot knew he could not land and take off again. The waves were too high, but when he saw a sailor attacked by a shark he and the crew decided they had to try. He landed in high seas, damaging the PBY, but was afloat and able to taxi to individuals separated from the scattered groups. One of his crew was a former wrestler who was able to pull the survivors out of the water and into the plane. They ended up lashing them to the top of the wing when the plane was full. A ship finally showed up and collected all the survivors. The life rafts did not have a bottom. It was a cork ring with a net like floor so even if you could get to a raft, you were in the water. One survivor said the most terrifying time was waiting to get to a plane or a ship. What the Navy did to the captain was a crime. The incompetents were the brass above him.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 5/10/2021 7:47:38 PM (No. 781260)
Re Tinian Island. Yes, that's where the bombs were assembled, lowered into pits, and then hoisted onto the respective aircraft which had been towed into position to receive them. The good news is that they're out of the mob's reach.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: broken01 5/10/2021 8:20:42 PM (No. 781283)
He was a United States Marine. ‘Nuff said.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: anniebc 5/10/2021 10:55:28 PM (No. 781379)
Can somebody fix that title, please? . . .Last Surviving Marine. . .
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DVC 5/11/2021 12:57:08 PM (No. 782009)
One online report, which sounds authoritative, says th Indianapolis carried none of the uranium portions of the Little Boy bomb. The shipment contained the huge bomb itself, which was a complex system, and quite heavy. The fissile materials were shipped by air later. So, yes the USS Indianapolis did "carry the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima". As a fully assembled, ready to go bomb....apparently not. So "internal components".....but really, pretty much it was "the bomb", or at least all the main parts, but not the actual nuclear material. "Final assembly" (not quite) of the weapon was on Tinian Island where they departed for the bombing mission, and it was so heavy when assembled that the Enola Gay had to have the bomb bay structurally reinforced to support it. And even then, the critical 'cordite' explosive material was not put into the weapon until the aircraft was airborne. They did this final assembly in the air down in the bomb bay. The 'weaponeer' decided that the risk of a take off crash made it important to not have it 100% ready to go.
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