On July 30th, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine. It settled on the bottom of the Philippine Sea, taking about 300 men down with it. The other almost 900 crew were left floating on the currents for 4 days and 5 nights before 317 of them were rescued. The rest perished.
The shipwreck was lost for 72 years … until last month, in August 2017, it was finally found by a research team financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The story of the USS Indianapolis is one of tragedy and perseverance, and should never be forgotten. Watch our rendition of the story, featuring live footage from the sea floor provided by Vulcan Inc, prepared for PBS in partnership with NBC Peacock Productions.
For more, go to: http://www.pbs.org/uss-indianapolis/home/