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The USS Indianapolis (CA-35), The Flagship Cruiser Pride Of The Pacific Fleet, Tragic Victim Of The Greatest Loss Of Life At Sea On A Single Ship In US Navy History, Whose Crew Paid A Terrible Price For Its High-Speed Top-Secret Mission: Carrying Key Components Of The First Atomic Bomb Across The Sea From To The Pacific Theater To Be Dropped On The City Of Hiroshima! The Whole Tragic Story As Told By The Few Surviving Crewmen Of This Epicly Awful Disaster That Didn't Have To Happen, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD!(Color, 1993, 48 Minutes.)
USS Indianapolis (CL/CA-35) was a Portland-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy, named for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. Launched in 1931, it was the flagship for the commander of Scouting Force 1 for eight years, then flagship for Admiral Raymond Spruance in 1943 and 1944 while he commanded the Fifth Fleet in battles across the Central Pacific during World War II. In July 1945, Indianapolis completed a top-secret high-speed trip to deliver uranium and other components for "Little Boy", the first nuclear weapon ever used in combat, to the Tinian Naval Base, and subsequently departed for the Philippines on training duty. At 0015 on July 30, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,195 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 890 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while stranded in the open ocean with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy, having incompetently lost track of the Indianapolis, only learned of the sinking four days later, when survivors were spotted by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. A US Navy PBY seaplane crew landed to save those in the water. Only 316 survived. Rather than the US Navy taking any responsibility for losing track of the Indianapolis, nor supplying its crew of information regarding recent Japanese submarine activity in the area, they instead trumped up charges against the skipper of the Indianapolis, Captain Charles B. McVay III, in a disgraceful show trial that most survivors of the disaster never forgave the US Navy for; Captain McVay committed suicide by gunshot wound on November 6, 1968 aged 70 out of lingering resentment for his treatment by the Navy. The sinking of Indianapolis resulted in the greatest loss of life at sea from a single ship in the history of the US Navy. On August 19, 2017, a search team financed by the Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen located the wreckage in the Philippine Sea lying at a depth of approximately 18,000 ft (5,500 m). On December 20, 2018, the crew of Indianapolis was collectively, but quite belatedly, awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.