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Uss Indianapolis Sinking Essay

780 words - 4 pages

The USS Indianapolis was a heavy cruiser. She did not have heavy armor which made her vulnerable to torpedo attacks. She had been ordered to sail on July 16, 1945, to deliver a bomb that would end the war. Unfortunately, it sank before it arrived.
It was July 30th around 11:30 at night. Hashimoto, the captain of the I-58 Japanese submarine climbed up on the bridge. He picked up binoculars. Hashimoto saw a ship because the moon was behind it and gave the order to dive. Hashimoto was very concerned that it was a destroyer ship coming to attack the submarine. Hashimoto could not get a good look at the Indianapolis because it was not zigzagging.
At 11:54 p.m., Hashimoto ordered 6 readied torpedoes at a depth of 4 meters and a speed of 48 knots. Next, Hashimoto had the torpedoes fired at the ship. At 12:02 p.m., the first explosion came and then the second. Red flames shot up lighting up the darkness. Smoke soon followed.
By the second torpedo, all the men on The USS Indianapolis were wide awake. Things were starting to go wrong on the USS “Indy.” Flames were venting and all the power had gone out except the emergency power. Bulkheads were collapsing, metal was ripping, pipes were shearing, electrical wires were sparking, and water pressure was non-existent. It was beginning to look very bad for The USS Indianapolis and its crew.
The crew started to send out SOS signals. They read “SOS Latitude 12 Degrees North Longitude 135 Degrees East.” Men also began to try and free the rafts. However, they only got 12 loose. The rafts carried vital supplies the men may need like food, water, light, and things to help signal rescue.
A sailor on board named Morgan Mosely was on his way to topside to gather his clothes. He was about to pass through the gallery when the ship “lifted starboard.” Mosely then saw a boy who needed help getting a life jacket. Mosely helped open the hatch. Flames and smoke were rising from below. Before Mosely could do anything, the ship rolled and he dove into the water.
Another sailor, named Harlan Twible saw men frantically running everywhere. The...

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