26 December 2008

uss indianapolis disaster survivor passes

grover cleveland carver, who was a survivor of the uss indianapolis ca-35 disaster and an uncle to local blogger buddy martin, died in california this morning. see buddymartin.net - a tribute to a hero of our family.

click here to download mr. carver's obituary .pdf [259 kb]
The Worst Naval Disaster in US History

At 12:14 a.m. on July 30, 1945, the USS INDIANAPOLIS CA-35 was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 men on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remainder, about 900 men, were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. The ship was never missed, and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident four days later only 316 men were still alive. ~ read more at ussindianapolis.org
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