How many crew members were on the USS Indianapolis?

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks within minutes in shark-infested waters. Only 316 of the 1,196 men on board survived.

How many crew members are in a battleship?

Iowa-class battleship
Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h nominal);35 knots (64.82 km/h maximum);
Complement: 2,700 officers and men (World War II, Korea and Vietnam), 1,800 officers and men (1980s)
Max. cruising radius 9,600 miles (15,000 km) @ 25 knots (46 km/h); 16,600 miles (27,000 km) @ 15 knots (28 km/h)

Are there any living survivors of the USS Indianapolis?

Last surviving Marine of USS Indianapolis attack dies, only 5 survivors remain. Edgar Harrell was considered a hero among his shipmates who helped guard components of the atomic bomb while he was aboard the USS Indianapolis.

How many sailors were on the USS Wisconsin?

There are 227 crew members registered for the USS Wisconsin (BB 64).

What happened to Captain McVay’s wife?

Though a note was not left, McVay was known by those close to him to have suffered from loneliness, particularly after losing his wife to cancer.

Why was the captain of the USS Indianapolis court martialed?

Indeed, he was the only captain in the history of the Navy to be court-martialed for the loss of a ship sunk by an act of war. That distinction stayed with McVay for the rest of his life as he endured anguished letter after anguished letter (“Hate mail,” Indy survivor Granville Crane Jr.

Did USS Wisconsin sink any ships?

Big Wisky earned its first battle star for the Leyte operation and Luzon attacks. Shortly afterwards, on Dec. 17, 1944, the ship survived a severe typhoon. Although the storm capsized and sank destroyers Hull (DD-350), Monaghan (DD-354) and Spence (DD-512), Wisconsin escaped the storm unscathed.

Can the USS Wisconsin be recommissioned?

Theoretically, Wisconsin and the other Iowa-class warships could be reactivated for service if the need came. Today, USS Wisconsin is preserved as a museum ship in Norfolk, Virginia. She is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remains one of the last American battleships to fire her guns in anger.

Who was blamed for USS Indianapolis?

Charles B. McVay III
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
Battles/wars World War II Battle of Iwo Jima Battle of Okinawa Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
Awards Silver Star Purple Heart Navy Unit Commendation