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Old 08-20-2017, 12:50 AM
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Researchers find wreckage of famed Navy cruiser Indianapolis, sunk in 1945 - LA Times






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A research team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the wreckage of the Indianapolis, a Navy cruiser that was torpedoed 72 years ago during the final days of World War II in one of the worst disasters in U.S. naval history.

The ship’s remains were found Saturday on the floor of the Pacific Ocean nearly 3.5 miles below the surface, the Navy said in a news release. The exact location of the discovery would remain confidential, the Navy said. The ship’s anchor and bell were clearly visible in photographs shared over Twitter.

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In July 1945, the Indianapolis had just completed a secret mission to Tinian in the Mariana Islands, where it delivered materials for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The cruiser was traveling unescorted to Leyte, an island in the Philippines, when it was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine at 12:14 a.m. on July 30.
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The ship sank in 12 minutes, its descent too rapid for a distress signal to be sent.
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Of the nearly 1,200 crew members aboard, about 800 survived the sinking. But the survivors were stranded for five days in shark-infested waters. A rescue mission was set in motion when the bobbing survivors were spotted by a plane on a routine reconnaissance flight.
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By the time they were rescued, only 316 remained. The rest were killed by exposure, dehydration, drowning and sharks.

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Great find salty.. The horror story behind the sinking and so many sailors lost in the sea to sharks is but another failure of Command.

But the Navy had a scap-goat as with the Pearl Harbor attacks. The base/ship command.

lose of life in both incidents.
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