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CNO Asks Fleet for Moment of Silence in Honor of USS Indianapolis 75th Anniversary
170819-N-N0101-0001.JPG Photo By: U.S. Navy

Jul 28, 2020
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia - 170819-N-N0101-001 PEARL HARBOR (UNDATED, 1937) The Portland-class heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35) underway in Pearl Harbor in 1937. The ship was sunk on July 30, 1945 by an Imperial Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea following delivery of parts for Little Boy, the first atomic bomb used in combat, to the United States air base at Tinian. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 317 survived. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)


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