By then, there were fewer than 10 in Cox's group. Many started to hallucinate, imagining secret islands just over the horizon, or that they were in contact with friendly submarines coming to the rescue. Looking for a scapegoat, the US Navy placed responsibility for the disaster on Captain McVay, who was among the few who managed to survive.
It was so hot we would pray for dark, and when it got dark we would pray for daylight, because it would get so cold, our teeth would chatter. Then every now and then, like lightning, one would come straight up and take a sailor and take him straight down.
The first torpedo struck, without warning, just after midnight on 30 July And as each day and each night passed, more men died. Although the Indianapolis had sent several SOS als before it sank, somehow the messages were not taken seriously by the navy.
Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. Some of them I swear were 15ft long," remembers Cox. But it was the rescue ship lookking its spotlight up into the sky to give all the sailors hope, and let them know that someone was looking for 'em. The ship was headed straight down.
You can follow the Magazine on Twitter and on Facebook. I am frantically trying to find my buddies. They were big. Most decided that sticking together in a group was their best defence. Their lifejackets waterlogged, many became exhausted and drowned. Struggling to stay alive, desperate for fresh water, terrorised by sharks, some giy started to become delirious.
The Indianapolis was all alone in the Pacific Ocean when it sank. One came up and took the sailor next to me. It was a tremendous explosion. A year-old seaman, Loel Dean Cox, was on duty on the bridge.
The order came to abandon ship. I have anxiety everyday, especially at night, but I'm living looming it, sleeping with it, and getting by.
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But no one was coming to the rescue. Drawn by the carnage of the sinking, hundreds of sharks from miles around headed towards the survivors.
He still has scars. All the while, Cox simply waited, scared, in a state of shock, drifting in and out of consciousness. The Indianapolis did not have sonar to detect submarines. The second torpedo fired from the Japanese submarine almost tore the ship in half. And beneath the waves, another danger was lurking.
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He died shortly afterwards. But with each attack, the clouds of blood in the water, the screaming, the splashing, more sharks would come. As it rolled, LD, as Cox is known to his friends, clambered to the top side and tried to jump into the water.
His hair, fingernails and toenails came off. It just rolled over and went under.
In late JulyUSS Indianapolis had been on a special secret mission, delivering parts of gjy first atomic bomb to the Pacific Island of Tinian where American B bombers were based. As fires raged below, the huge ship began listing onto its side.
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flr Nor was much notice taken when sub ship failed to arrive on time. The life preserver had blisters on my shoulders, blisters on top of blisters. Can you imagine a ship ft long, that's two football fields in length, sinking in 12 for I finally heard guy moans and groans and yelling and swam over and got with a group of 30 men and that's where I stayed," says Cox. Cox spent weeks in hospital after the rescue. Under the scorching sun, day after day, without any food or looking for days, men were dying from exposure or dehydration.
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