Left for Dead

Left for Dead

A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

Book - 2002
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Recalls the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the navy cover-up and unfair court martial of the ship's captain, and how a young boy helped the survivors set the record straight fifty-five years later.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, c2002.
ISBN: 9780385729598
Branch Call Number: J 940.54 Nelson
Characteristics: xx, 201 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), map ;,25 cm.


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Jul 30, 2015

Fantastic book...hard to believe what these men..so many of them so young had to go thru. Things went from bad to worse.
It was also just as hard to read about the injustice to Captain Mcvay. Thanks to Hunter and all the others for never giving up on clearing his name, and thanks to the movie Jaws for setting things in motion .

Mar 03, 2015

IMO the most tragic loss of life, great injustice to Captain & crew & failure of US Naval command. The USS Indianapolis carried the device to end WWII. Of 1,937 only 317 survived the ordeal of 5 days adrift spread out over 20 miles & only spotted by shear luck. Graphic descriptions & detailed account of what happens to the body in this situation (Chapter 7.) Wish the TV movie were available. Not just juvenile genre, this should be in the mainstream history.

In 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine. More than a thousand men were thrown into the water, with only 317 men still surviving five days later when they were finally rescued. Captain McVey was court-martialed, the only one of the 436 captains whose ships were sunk in the war who was.
In 1996, 11-year-old Hunter Scott decided to do a history fair project on the Indianapolis, ultimately taking on the Navy and Congress to clear McVey’s record.


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