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Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for…

Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

by Pete Nelson

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Wow, what a story and it's true! I had to struggle a bit as I read these chapters, The Guilty and The Court-Marshal with all the names and facts to keep focus. It's hard to believe it all started with a father and son watching the movie, Jaws. This is a must read for everyone for many reasons; Yes history can be rewritten, yes a a young boy can make a major impact, and our leaders do make mistakes, grave mistakes. This book is nor for the "faint of heart."

Here is a summary from Google: Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men were thrown into shark-infested waters. Those who survived the fiery sinking—some injured, many without life jackets—struggled to stay afloat in shark-infested waters as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing. The Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for “hazarding” his ship. The survivors of the Indianapolis knew that their captain was not to blame. For 50 years they worked to clear his name, even after his untimely death. But the navy would not budge—until an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott entered the picture. His history fair project on the Indianapolis soon became a crusade to restore the captain’s good name and the honor of the men who served under him.

It is my hope that the NC Battle of the Books teams will gain some great insight from reading this historical fiction.
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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis is an inspirational and moving book. It tells the dramatic story of the sinking and ensuing struggle of the USS Indianapolis and its crew. The book is filled with stories told by actual crewman of the USS Indianapolis who managed to survive this disaster. They tell of the horrible event that unfolded including: the ship sinking, the struggle to survive in the open ocean, and the paranoia that came with sharks slowly picking them off one by one. They also recap on the relief of finally being rescued as they were just about to give up hope.
Left for Dead was a surprisingly insightful book. I had watched many documentaries on the story of the USS Indianapolis before reading this book, but none of them captured the truly horrific event it was. The documentaries seemed to be more focused on the sharks than the people in the water with them.
“He’d begun to feel himself weakening, and turned increasingly to prayer. He never felt like he was going to die, and he’d been too busy to hallucinate, but he was so tired. Perhaps the navy had let him down, but he knew God would not”, one crewman says about the struggle to survive in the ocean. This highlights how desperate they felt. He felt like he had been abandoned and let down, but he knew God would never leave him.
I would definitely recommend this book to the majority of people. I would especially recommend this book to anyone who has interest in history or World War II stories. People who enjoy drama and tragedies might also enjoy this book, because of the dramatic and detailed accounts from the survivors. The only people I would not recommend this book to are people who are afraid of the following: the open ocean, sharks, or the horror that comes along with the disaster that this was. These people may not enjoy the descriptions of the crewman.
This book taught me that you can never lose hope even in the worst situations. The only survivors were those who were able to keep their heads and not give up hope. They Kept faith in God and trusted him to get them out alive. This required amazing strength and faith, but those who were able to not give up hope were able to survive.
  Kahl | Apr 11, 2014 |
  Darcymarie | Nov 27, 2013 |
Nelson explains how the research of eleven-year-old Hunter Scott, who was inspired by a passing reference in the movie, Jaws, uncovered the truth behind a historic World War II naval disaster aboard the USS Indianapolis.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 30, 2013 |
This is a must read for anyone in the military or federal government. It is proof as to what will happen when people lie and try to cover details. Charles Butler McVay was captain of the USS Indianapolis. This is the story how hundreds of the men on the ship died and how it all could have been prevented. McVay was blamed and later court martialed only to have his name and reputation cleared fifty-five years later by a middle school boy doing a social studies report.
  hms68 | Apr 11, 2011 |
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To the final crew of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
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The horror has seared my mind like a hot poker and I cannot forget it.
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It's an unlikely beginning to what became a momentous, history-changing history fair project. Eleven-year-old Hunter Scott was watching Jaws one day when he first heard about the World War II sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Intrigued, he investigated further, and discovered a shocking, heartbreaking story behind what should have been a tale of heroism and patriotism. Torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, the Indianapolis went down in minutes, taking more than 800 sailors with it. Several hundred survived, but only after spending days in the open sea with sharks diminishing their numbers hourly. This is only the beginning of the tragedy, however. In an effort to make an example of the ship's captain, and in order to deflect blame from itself, the U.S. Navy unfairly court-martialed the captain, painfully changing the lives of all the men involved.

Basing much of his text on young Hunter Scott's research, author Pete Nelson does a fine job of presenting this story through the eyes of many of the survivors. Old and new photos allow readers to know many of the men of the ship, and personal accounts reveal the horrors of those days in the ocean--and later in the courtroom. A bittersweet ending will leave the reader pensive and deeply moved. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Recalls the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the navy cover-up and unfair court martial of the ship's captain, and how a young boy helped the survivors set the record straight fifty-five years later.

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