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Author Hulver, Richard A., author.

Title A grave misfortune : the USS Indianapolis tragedy / Richard A. Hulver ; Peter C. Luebke, associate editor.

Publication Info. Washington, DC : Naval History and Heritage Command, 2018.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Archives Fed Docs  D 221.19:7    ---  Available
Edition U.S. Government official edition.
Description xxxiv, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Contributions to naval history no. 7
Contributions to naval history ; no. 7.
Note Folded plan of USS Indianapolis tipped in before half title.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-372) and index.
Contents Returning to the forward area : atom bomb delivery and the final voyage -- Sunk -- firsthand recollections of the attack and time in the water -- Rescued -- Moving forward -- condolences and investigations -- Conviction and clemency -- Remembering Indianapolis -- Postscript: NHHC press release announcing discovery of USS Indianapolis wreckage, 19 August 2017 -- List of acronyms, ranks, and ratings -- List of places -- Conditions of readiness and material conditions.
Summary "This volume presents the final chapter of Indianapolis's decorated service history using primary source documents with accompanying historic analysis. Documents were carefully selected to represent the whole story of the loss of Indianapolis: from her war damage taken off Okinawa on 31 March 1945, through her refitting, atomic bomb delivery, and sinking. Documents also follow her crew's ordeal at sea and rescue, subsequent Navy investigations, the court-martial of Captain Charles McVay III, and more recent considerations of the tragedy. Much has already been published on Indianapolis disaster, but inevitably errors and misinterpretations have crept into the now-standard accounts. Claims have exaggerated the impact of intelligence failures, identified an alleged elaborate Navy cover-up, propagated misunderstandings of Indianapolis's role in delivering the atomic bomb to Tinian, and sensationalized the presence of sharks in the story. The documents here correct some of those errors and allow readers to see how the event unfolded and how the Navy responded. More importantly, this book makes widely available the testimony of survivors and participants. In presenting these documents, it also corrects the record. The heroism and bravery of the crew remains undiminished and even enhanced through a proper understanding of their ordeal. This volume also stands as a small example of the Navy's moral obligation to ensure that the sacrifices of all those who served are not forgotten by telling the complete history, both the good and the bad."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Indianapolis (Cruiser) -- History -- Sources.
United States. Navy -- Search and rescue operations -- Pacific Ocean -- Sources.
Indianapolis (Cruiser) (OCoLC)fst00551171
United States. Navy. (OCoLC)fst00533204
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American -- Sources.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Search and rescue operations -- Pacific Ocean -- Sources.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
Shipwrecks -- Pacific Ocean -- Sources.
Armed Forces -- Search and rescue operations. (OCoLC)fst01351893
Military operations, Naval -- American. (OCoLC)fst01710245
Search and rescue operations. (OCoLC)fst01110359
Shipwrecks. (OCoLC)fst01116638
Pacific Ocean. (OCoLC)fst01243528
Chronological Term 1939-1945
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Personal narratives -- American. (OCoLC)fst01424071
Sources. (OCoLC)fst01423900
Added Author Luebke, Peter C., 1983- editor.
Added Title USS Indianapolis tragedy
ISBN 9781943604265 (soft cover : alk. paper)
9781943604272 (pdf)
Gpo Item No. 0399-A-04
Sudoc No. D 221.19:7

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