Left for Dead

Left for Dead

A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

Book - 2003
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For fans of Unbroken, Left for Dead is the incredible story of a boy inspired by Jaws to help bring closure to the survivors and their families of the World War II sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men were thrown into shark-infested waters. Those who survived the fiery sinking--some injured, many without life jackets--struggled to stay afloat in shark-infested waters as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing. The Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for "hazarding" his ship. The survivors of the Indianapolis knew that their captain was not to blame. For 50 years they worked to clear his name, even after his untimely death. But the navy would not budge--until an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott entered the picture. His history fair project on the Indianapolis soon became a crusade to restore the captain's good name and the honor of the men who served under him.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2003, C2002.
ISBN: 9780385729598
Call Number: 940.54 NELSON
Characteristics: XX, 201 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Indianapolis (Cruiser)
Scott, Hunter, 1985-
McVay, Charles Butler, -1968 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American.
Trials (Naval offenses) -- United States.


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Jul 30, 2015

Fantastic book...hard to believe what these men..so many of them so young had to go thru. Things went from bad to worse.
It was also just as hard to read about the injustice to Captain Mcvay. Thanks to Hunter and all the others for never giving up on clearing his name, and thanks to the movie Jaws for setting things in motion .

Mar 03, 2015

IMO the most tragic loss of life, great injustice to Captain & crew & failure of US Naval command. The USS Indianapolis carried the device to end WWII. Of 1,937 only 317 survived the ordeal of 5 days adrift spread out over 20 miles & only spotted by shear luck. Graphic descriptions & detailed account of what happens to the body in this situation (Chapter 7.) Wish the TV movie were available. Not just juvenile genre, this should be in the mainstream history.

In 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine. More than a thousand men were thrown into the water, with only 317 men still surviving five days later when they were finally rescued. Captain McVey was court-martialed, the only one of the 436 captains whose ships were sunk in the war who was.
In 1996, 11-year-old Hunter Scott decided to do a history fair project on the Indianapolis, ultimately taking on the Navy and Congress to clear McVey’s record.


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