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USS Indianapolis: Heroism and Survival

Oct. 5, 2018 | BY Tony McKinney and Army Staff Sgt. Vanessa Atchley

It started with enemy Japanese torpedoes. Then it became the most deadly shark attack in history. Hear the tragic story of the USS Indianapolis from one of the few survivors.


A young sailor poses for a photo.
Jim Jarvis - Young
Jim Jarvis -Young
Photo By: Navy photo
VIRIN: 180928-D-EE902-2002
Jarvis was a young Navy petty officer third class when he posed in this photograph. It was taken shortly before he was sent to the Pacific to fight in World War II.
A man hold a toy battleship.
JIm Jarvis
Now 97 years old, he is one of just over a dozen of the 316 survivors still alive today. Here he shows off a model he built of the USS Indianapolis.
Photo By: Navy photo
VIRIN: 180928-D-EE902-2001
Now 97 years old, he is one of just over a dozen of the 316 survivors still alive today. Here he shows off a model he built of the USS Indianapolis.

 

Sara Vladic, an author and the director of “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy,” tells the story of the sailors aboard the USS Indianapolis and their story of survival.


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