USS Indianapolis

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USS Indianapolis

Of the 1,195 crewmen aboard the USS Indianapolis, which sank due to a torpedo attack, only 300 survived.[1]

Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and shark attacks

The sinking of the USS Indianapolis is considered to be the worst case of shark attacks in history.[2] Most of the shark-related causalities came from oceanic whitetips which are one of the most aggressive types of sharks.[3]

The USS Indianapolis is considered to be the worst case of shark attacks in history.[4] Most of the shark-related causalities came from oceanic whitetips which are one of the most aggressive types of sharks.[5]

Testimony of Edgar Harrell who survived the USS Indianapolis sinking incident

See also: There are no atheists on a sinking ship

Sermon Central gives the following excerpt of a sermon:

NO ATHEISTS IN THE WATER

David Harrell wrote a book telling the story of his father, Edgar Harrell. Edgar was one of the 300 survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the last US ship sunk by enemy contact in WW2. 600 of the 900 men who survived the ship's sinking were stranded in the water for five days - many with only a life vest - all facing thirst, hunger, injuries, dehydration and sharks. They all came face to face with fear and their own mortality.

Edgar testifies of those days alone in the ocean, 'Clearly there were no atheists in the water that day. Gone was that damnable attitude of pride that deceives men into thinking that there is no God...'[6]

Video of Edgar Harrell, USS Indianapolis Survivor

USS Indianapolis National Memorial

USS Indianapolis National Memorial

References

  1. Neuman, Scott. "Navy Admits To 70-Year Crew List Error In USS Indianapolis Disaster", NPR.org, 23 March 2018. (en) 
  2. The Worst Shark Attack in History, Smithsonian website
  3. The Worst Shark Attack in History, Smithsonian website
  4. The Worst Shark Attack in History, Smithsonian website
  5. The Worst Shark Attack in History, Smithsonian website
  6. No Atheists In The Water, Sermon Central