Thursday, December 01, 2005

USS Indianapolis Show

TiVo also picked up a show on the USS Indianapolis. For those that don't know or don't want to follow the Wikipedia link, the ship that brought the bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima was torpedoed afterwards. 1196 men were on the boat, 300 died in the attack, 900 went into the water, 316 came out. They were in the water for about 100 hours.

The captain of the ship was court marshalled and found guilty of not properly protecting his crew. The Japanese man who torpedoed the ship testified. The captain killed himself a few years later. In October 2000, President Clinton updated McVay's record to indicate that he was not to blame.

In this show, they had four of the men that had survived talk about what they went through while scientists tried unsuccessfully to find the remains of the ship of the ocean floor. It was heart-wrenching. They all cried. So I, of course, cried. Such a sad story, but one that folks should know (in addition to the short account of it in Jaws). Read it here.


Davidi Mom said...

We watched that! It was a very good show - very moving.

Davidi Mom said...

Hey..l..I finally figured out how to leave a comment. Another technical milestone is achieved ;-)