| August 20, 2017 | 21 Comments

On July 30, 1945, the Portland-class heavy cruiser USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35) was returning from delivering parts for the “Little Boy” atomic bomb when it was struck by two torpedoes fired by the Japanese submarine I-58. The ship sank in about 12 minutes with about 300 crew members aboard. About 900 would survive the initial sinking, but by the time they were rescued, five days later, only 317 of the 1,119 total crew were recovered. The story of their survival was featured in the movie “Jaws”.

According to MSN, entrepreneur and billionaire Paul Allen claims to have found the wreckage of the INDIANAPOLIS 18,000 feet below the ocean’s surface.

“To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling,” Allen said in a statement. “As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances. While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming.”

Allen’s team is still surveying the site of the wreckage and plans to conduct a live tour of the wreckage in the next few weeks. The crew is working with the Navy and plans to honor the remaining 22 USS Indianapolis crew members and families of crew members.

From Stars & Stripes;

While others have searched for Indianapolis in the past, the Navy release said Allen used a 250-foot R/V Petrel with state-of-the-art subsea equipment capable of diving to more than 19,600 feet.

The Navy said the exact location of the ship will remain confidential and restricted.

Category: Historical

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  1. Ex-PH2 says:

    But…they delivered the Bomb.

  2. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    The Navy said the exact location of the ship will remain confidential and restricted.

    As it should be. Rest in peace.

  3. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Hopefully, this will bring some closure to the families that lost loved ones and those survivors that are still with us.

  4. Herbert J Messkit says:

    About a year ago there were reports of US Japanese,Dutch British and AustraliAn WwII wrecks (war graves) being illegally salvaged, and essentially disappearing. Has anyone heard of any progress in these investigations?

  5. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace, Sailors.

    From looking at the pictures, it still looks to be in incredible shape.

  6. 2banana says:

    What a beautiful ship.

  7. Sparks says:

    Rest in Peace Sailors.

  8. The Other Whitey says:

    Eternal Father, strong to save,
    Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
    Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
    Its own appointed limits keep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    Godspeed, Indy.

  9. James Pritchett says:

    The Captain’s son Kimo McVay,a Hawaii entertainment promoter and represenative, fought for years to have his fathers name cleared. A Courts Matrial had convicted him of the ships loss. He was finally exconerated just a few years ago, after the sons death. RIP to all of the Indy’sfamily.

  10. ALVO says:

    Rest In Peace INDY and your BRAVE CREW. Any salvage from her wreck is, and should be deemed, “Desecration of a Grave”.

  11. ted says:

    rip everyone! where is your fact checker? went down with 300 aboard 900 survive and so on. not a very good job with this story!

  12. Bill Bennett says:

    She delivered the bomb, not just parts.

  13. Mark Lauer says:

    That statement from the billionaire is probably the least sincere piece of garbage I’ve ever heard. He doesn’t give half a shit about the crew or the families. He’s in this for the fame.
    And the idea of doing a “live tour of the wreckage” strikes me the same way a live tour of the wreckage off the Twin Towers would have in the days following 9/11.
    I’m not all that thrilled that the USS Indianapolis has been found. She’s a tomb. A cemetery for a group of men who gave their lives for a mission they didn’t know was going to end the war, and bring so many more home alive.

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