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Memorial U.S.S. Indianapolis

This memorial commemorates the victims of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

The U.S.S. Indianapolis was sunk by the Japanese submarine I-58 on 30 July 1945. She was om her way back from Tinian where she brought parts of the first atomic bomb. About 300 men died with the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis.

Because the USS Indianapolis was on a secret mission, she was not missed and no search-and-resque-action started. After four days of exposure, dehydration and shark attacks the survivors were spotted by accident.

Of the 900 crewmembers who survived the sinking, only 317 were alive. In total, the sinking of the USS Indianapolis costed 883 lives.

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Flickr

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