Just released this year, the story of the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis, while historically accurate, had fictional characters added; as if this tragedy needed any more dramatization than the grisly events which occurred. They carried the components for Little Boy to the island of Tinian on July 26, 1945, the first Atomic Bomb later dropped on Hiroshima.
I long knew of this story, but simply couldn’t bear to describe images of shark attacks, necessary to demonstrate how much the survivors went through. Their mission was so secret, they were denied a proper escort to protect from submarine attack, because “they weren’t there”. A distress signal they sent was ignored as a Japanese ruse. While over 900 of the 1,100 plus crew survived the sinking, only some 300 were rescued. Hundreds were killed by repeated shark attacks.
U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial