Assignment 1: The Sinking Of The USS Indianapolis

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The USS Indianapolis was a heavy cruiser of the US Navy, named for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. The sinking of this ship in 1945 led to the greatest single loss of life at sea. The ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks within minutes in shark-infested waters. The sinking of the USS Indianapolis shows the greatest loss of life at sea, what the survivors had to endure before saving and the prosecution of the captain of the USS. The ship was done with its first mission, delivering the world's first operational atomic bomb to the island of Tinian. That small Island served as a launching point for the planes carrying the atomic bomb (“Little boy”). After that, the ship reported to headquarters at Guam and was directed to join the battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan. On July 30, 1945, it was hit with two torpedoes. The first torpedo hit the bow of the ship. This hit struck the ship really hard alerting the soldiers. The second torpedo hit the ship near the midship adjacent to a …show more content…

The movie Jaws there’s a monologue by a character named Quint who’s described as a survivor the USS. The monologue explains what he went through after the sinking in the shark-infested waters. However, there were also historical inaccuracies in the monologue such as the date of the sinking and a number of men who were on board the ship. There was also another film named USS Indianapolis: The Legacy which talks about the ship through the point of view of the survivors. In Indianapolis, Indiana a monument dedicated to the USS, named the USS Indianapolis National Memorial, is located on the Canal Walk with crewmembers names listed on the monument. Also, highway I-465 was named the USS Indianapolis memorial highway in honor of the ship. The sinking of the ship was a reminder to the survivors to keep on living not only for themselves but also for their

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