In Harm's Way

In Harm's Way

The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

Book - 2002
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Chronicles the worst disaster in U.S. naval history, describing heroism in the face of persistant shark attacks and hypothermia after the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in the South Pacific in the final days of World War II.

McMillan Palgrave
"The worst part...wasn't the sharks, and it wasn't seeing your buddies die...It was when you realize...they've forgotten us. We can't last out here forever-- we're gonna die..."--Giles McCoy, private first-class, USMC, USSIndianapolis

On the night of July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese sub, sending 900 men into the black, churning waters of the Pacific. What happened next was a nightmarish battle for survival. Injured, adrift, clinging to each other and their waterlogged life rafts, the men watched in horror as their crewmates fell victim to catastrophic injuries, exposure, hallucinations, and relentless shark attacks. Worst of all, their last radio S.O.S. had been disregarded by the Navy as a possible prank. When help finally arrived an astonishing five days later, only 317 of the ship's crew were still alive. Meticulously researched, including eyewitness reports from USSIndianapolis survivors, In Harm's Way recounts with frightening accuracy those five harrowing days at sea, and gives readers a moving, unforgettable account of the worst naval disaster at sea in U.S. history.

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The nation's worst naval disaster is vividly chronicled, exposing extreme heroism in the face of persistent shark attacks and hypothermia in the aftermath of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine during the final days of World War II. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's press, 2002
Edition: St. Martin's pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780312983376
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK 940.545973 St26i
Characteristics: 329 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm


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Oct 31, 2018

Outstanding account of the USS Indianapolis. Well written. Captain McVay was the scapegoat and court marshalled when the US Navy was really at fault. Recommended.

ArapahoeMarcia Jan 29, 2017

A chilling tale of the fate of the USS Indianapolis crew during World War II.

Oct 12, 2016

In Harm's Way. --- by. --- Doug Stanton. .
Author Stanton has written a vivid narrative that would be unbelievable if it were a tale of fiction. But it is not. It is the story of a US naval vessel, the USS Indianapolis which at 12:05 am on July 30, 1945 was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Two of the four torpedoes the sub fired struck the Indianapolis. Within nine minutes the naval vessel sunk Of a crew of 1196, ultimately only 317 survived. Left adrift for four days after the sinking, naval incompetence finally realized a ship was missing. Military intelligence. The survivors were found more or less by accident before the navy even realized what had happened. One by one, the crew who had survived the sinking itself died of a variety of causes: hydration; sun and heat exposure; drowning; hallucination and predation by sharks. Fifty sailors were lost to sharks a night. The Sharks bumped up at the three life nets; they pulled sailors from their live preservers; they devoured them bit by bit.
Gruesome to say the least.
At the end of the war, the navy had to determine the cause of what it hadn't done to save the survivors. So they cast about for a
scapegoat. They made one of the captain..Capain McVay was court martialed.
Dishonoured though innocent he eventually committed suicide.
Only much later did the navy admit its culpability.
In 2000, an Act of Congress passed a resolution that Captain McVay's record should state that "he is exonerated for the loss of Indianapolis." President Bill Clinton signed the resolution.
This book is not simply a story of recent history. It is a tale of incompetence at the highest level. It is a story about perseverance, of dedication and loyalty'
It is a book both vivid and gripping. Hard to put down.

Jul 15, 2016

Outstanding piece of history. The tragic story of the people aboard the Indianapolis who endured attack, sinking, fire, and then sharks. It will leave you speechless.

Jul 26, 2015

In Harm's Way is a must-read for fans of military history, World War II content, and stories of unthinkable courage in the face of disaster.


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