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In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S.…

In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the… (edition 2002)

by Doug Stanton

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On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they struggled to stay alive, battered by a savage sea and fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time help arrived-nearly four days and nights later-all but 317 men had died. How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? Why was the cruiser traveling unescorted in enemy waters? And how did these 317 men manage to survive? Interweaving the stories of three survivors-the captain, the ship's doctor, and a young marine-journalist Doug Stanton has brought this astonishing human drama to life in a narrative that is at once immediate and timeless. The definitive account of this harrowing chapter of World War II history, In Harm's Way is a classic tale of war, survival, and extraordinary courage. Now available for the first time in trade paperback, the bestselling account of America's worst naval disaster-and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived On July 30, 1945, after the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine.… (more)
Title:In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
Authors:Doug Stanton
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
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In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton


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Simply outstanding, riveting listening the whole way through. ( )
  danhibbert | Sep 9, 2019 |
  nushustu | Aug 5, 2019 |
Well written and fascinating, Doug Stanton interviewed dozens of the survivors of the USA Indianapolis to write this book. Until I read this, my only knowledge of this tragedy came from the movie Jaws. I highly recommend this book. ( )
1 vote Jean_Roberts | Jul 18, 2019 |
After delivering the components of Little Boy to Tinian, the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis was redeployed to the Philippines. She didn’t get there; about halfway she was hit by two torpedoes from the submarine I-58 and sank in minutes. This is the story of the crew, from 3-4 person's perspective; 4 days in the water attacked by sharks and each other. A thoroughly researched book. Captain MccVay is clearly the scapegoat for a hastily assembled, inadequate, board of inquiry--somebody ha to go down for it an it wasn't going to be the Admirals. This is nonfiction at its best. ( )
1 vote buffalogr | Jul 10, 2019 |
I once knew a survivor of the USS Indianapolis. He was kind enough to come to my US Survey classes and share his experiences as a young man facing war, the dramatic tale of the sinking of his beloved ship, the four terrifying days he spent in the water being attacked by sharks and without food or water, the rescue they thought would never come, recovery, and the Navy's treatment of the story. He MOVED these students.

In some ways Stanton's book mirrors the tale the survivor told my students. Only 300 or so of the 1100 sailors survived the torpedo attack and four days in the water. Sharks killed hundreds of sailors who floated in the water for rescue. It was the worst disaster in the history of the US Navy. In the end, the Navy hung the cost of the disaster around the neck of Captain McVay who had suspended zigzagging ( a tactic to evade submarine launched torpedoes) at his discretion due to poor visibility. The Navy even took the unprecedented step of calling in the skipper of the Japanese submarine who sunk the Indy to testify for the prosecution! Even he told the court that zigzagging would have made no difference at all. Blaming McVay (which might have been part of a vendetta that Admiral Ernest King had on McVay's father, also a navy officer) was a coverup on a series of failures all along the chain of command that included missed or ignored signals and SOS messages, lack of destroyer escorts, conflicting orders sent to various commands on the location of the Indy (so no one really noticed that if had failed to show up at its destination), etc. This book will make you mad. ( )
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First say to yourself what would you be,
then do what you have to do.

And my mother and father,
who told me about the war

And the boys of the USS Indianapolis,
who fought it


PFC Infantry World War II
Died October 25, 1944
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The ship was still tied up in the harbor at Mare Island, but already the captain felt it was drifting out of his control.
Eternal father strong to save whose arm does rule the restless wave ... Oh here us when we pray to thee for those in peril on sea.
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