The U.S.S. Indianapolis
Survivors shown in Guam (Source: US Navy).
Did you know?
On August 6, 1945, at 8:16 a.m., U.S.
soldiers dropped the nuclear bomb.
Dubbed Little Boy, there were
several inscriptions written on its
shell, one of which read:
"Greetings to the Emperor
from the men of the Indianapolis"
(the ship that transported the
bomb across the Pacific).
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Note that he states the date it sank as June 29, 1945. When did it actually occur?
Captain of the Japanese I-58 Mochitsura Hashimoto
November 24, 1999
Attn: The Honorable John W. Warner
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee
Russell Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
"I hear that your legislature is considering resolutions which would clear the name of the late Charles Butler McVay III, captain of the USS Indianapolis which was sunk on July 30, 1945, by torpedoes fired from the submarine which was under my command.
"I do not understand why Captain McVay was court-martialed. I do not understand why he was convicted on the charge of hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag because I would have been able to launch a successful torpedo attack against his ship whether it had been zigzagging or not.
"I have met may of your brave men who survived the sinking of the Indianapolis. I would like to join them in urging that your national legislature clear their captain's name.
"Our peoples have forgiven each other for that terrible war and its consequences. Perhaps it is time your peoples forgave Captain McVay for the humiliation of his unjust conviction.
former captain of I-58
Japanese Navy at WWII
30 Fukeno Kawa Machi, Umezu
Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 615-0921, Japan