Abandon Ship Author:Richard F. Newcomb DEATH was stalking their ship! At midnight, July 29, 1945, the heavy cruiser Indianopolis lay almost exactly midway between Leyte and Guam in the Pacific. — The was was all but over. The Japs were on the run. Many of the men on board were already thinking of home. — But Death was stalking the Indianapolis. Six sleek torpedos fanned out, darting to... more »ward their prey. In exactly twelve minutes she sank in a blazing inferno. Slithering and sliding over the oil-streaked decks, 800 men plunged into the sea- only to face one of the worst ordeals of World War II.
By a fantastic twist of fate and error, the Navy did not know the Indianapolis had gone down. It was only on the fourth day, after the sea, sun and sharks had taken their terrible toll, that any rescue action was taken.« less