Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rear Admiral Charles McVay III and the USS Indianapolis


What:

Rear Admiral Charles McVay III and the USS Indianapolis

Historical Significance:

It's an important story re US military history, WWII. Was a heavy cruiser that got sunk by a Japanese sub in 1945. Significant because 900 sailors had to float around in the ocean for 4 days, many got eaten by sharks. Rear Admiral Charles McVay III commanded it when it went down, he survived and was court martialed for not zigzagging. McVay ended up killing himself.

Personal Significance:

Story is important to me because I think he didn't deserve to be court-martialed, it was politically motivated. He'd been at Iwo Jima and Okinawa and by all accounts was a good man. It wasn't until Bill Clinton that his memory was officially exonerated of the sinking of the Indianapolis.

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