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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).

  • USS Indianapolis
    Get the story behind the tragedy. ShouldCaptain McVay have been court-martialed?
  • History of the USS Indianapolis
    An in-depth history of the vessel and its record in combat.
  • Navy Department Press Release
    Read the original press release from the US Navy from February 1946.

    The Survivors Organization has never accepted the official Navy version of the justification for Captain McVay's court-martial. Although it does confirm that several mistakes were made by the Navy, it does not contain all facts and information about the sinking of the Indianapolis. Also some facts on the page we believe to be inaccurate, for example the visibility on the night of the sinking.
  • The Search for the U.S.S. Indianapolis
    Discovery Channel resources. Includes survivor stories, the fate of the captain, details about the search, and an interactive map of the voyage with details from survivor interviews.


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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

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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.

Mochitsura Hashimoto
former captain of I-58
Japanese Navy at WWII
Umenomiya Taisha
30 Fukeno Kawa Machi, Umezu
Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 615-0921, Japan


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