316 out of 1,195 crew members survived the USS Indianapolis sinking and aftermath…

An item from a fellow veterans organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Navy History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man
Meet the Authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
Tuesday, 9 July, 2019 at 6pm
Marines’ Memorial Club – 609 Sutter Street (at Mason), San Francisco

After delivering crucial parts of the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by the Japanese on July 30, 1945 and sank within twelve minutes; survivors faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks until they were found 4 days later.  Only 316 of the 1,195 crewmen aboard survived, making this the greatest loss of life at sea from a single ship in U.S. Navy history.

In their riveting recreation of the disaster and its aftermath, Vincent, co-author of books including Same of Kind of Different as Me, and Vladic, a documentary filmmaker, draw on original research and interviews with 107 survivors and witnesses to chronicle the crew’s long fight to exonerate their skipper. Captain Charles McVay III was court-martialed for the sinking and, though he was later exonerated, the authors trace a chain of systemic oversights and errors that distorted the true picture of what happened.

Many of us are familiar with USS Indianapolis from the movie Jaws (watch that famous speech again HERE) but there is so much to the story.  Please join us on July 9th to hear Vladic and Vincent speak about this unbelievable disaster.

This is a free event.  Click HERE to RSVP


And don’t miss our August 10th “Meet the Author” event with Dale Brown, fiction author of such books as the recently published, The Kremlin StrikeRSVP here
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