George H.W. Bush 1990 - 1991 The Sweep of History

The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis ( Part 2 Special Edition )

September 21, 2023 Randal Wallace Season 11
George H.W. Bush 1990 - 1991 The Sweep of History
The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis ( Part 2 Special Edition )
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In this second episode on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis we find the sailors in the water with a nemesis arguably even more dangerous than the Japanese.  It is the predators that roam the oceans known as Sharks. With in minutes of the sinking of the ship the survivors began to see the the fins circling them as they tried to figure out how to survive. 

You will hear the men talk about how they were covered in diesel fuel and oil, hungry and thirsty, but knowing they had to avoid drinking the salt water to avoid going mad. One soldier talks about how there are times when you pray and then times when you PRAY, and they were all doing that nonstop as they bobbed up and down in 18,000 feet of water.  You will hear tales of madness, hallucinations, disemboweled bodies, shark attacks, and sharks that actually swam right up to them and nosed their life jackets. It is as horrifying a story as any Hollywood movie ever shown. 

You will also hear about their heroic rescue, the unfair court marshalling of their ship's Captain despite his own heroism at sea, and you will hear some of the movie scene that brought this story back to the forefront of the American public. But most of all, you will get a full dose of the heroism of the American fighting man, and the humility, and gratefulness, that is so much a hallmark of our military as well.  It is a story that will give you the full measure of the sacrifices of generations of Americans that has been made to keep us free. 

Our Podcast wished to recognize the veterans whose oral history and interviews we used to tell this story, all but one are now deceased : Edgar Harrell, Art Leenerman, Don McCall, Earl Wiggins, San Gabriel, Adolfo Celaya, and Harold Bray, (Mr. Bray is the lone survivor that is still living as of this production. ) 

JAWS Credit :

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Jaws [Original Score] by John Williams released in 1975



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USS Indianapolis Survivor relives horrifying experience Edgar Harrell #38
Music Intro
San Gabriel Veteran recalls sinking of the Indianapolis Army Shorts
The sinking of the Indianapolis - What happened to the men aboard ?
Harold Bray speaks about his experiences as a survivor of the USS Indianapolis
94 year old the lone Marine survivor of the USS Indianapolis sinking Strg Edgar Harrell tells his story
San Gabriel Veteran recalls sinking of the Indianapolis
Central Illinois World War 2 stories - USS Indianapolis Story with Earl Wiggins, Don McCall, and Art Leenerman
The sinking of the Indianapolis - What happened to the men aboard ?
94 year old the lone Marine survivor of the USS Indianapolis sinking Strg Edgar Harrell tells his story
Harold Bray speaks about his experiences as a survivor of the USS Indianapolis
San Gabriel Veteran recalls sinking of the Indianapolis
Central Illinois World War 2 stories - USS Indianapolis Story with Earl Wiggins, Don McCall, and Art Leenerman
Harold Bray speaks about his experiences as a survivor of the USS Indianapolis
Uss Indianapolis survivor interview with Adolfo Celaya
The sinking of the Indianapolis - What happened to the men aboard ?
94 year old the lone Marine survivor of the USS Indianapolis sinking Strg Edgar Harrell tells his story
Harold Bray speaks about his experiences as a survivor of the USS Indianapolis
Uss Indianapolis survivor interview with Adolfo Celaya
Harold Bray speaks about his experiences as a survivor of the USS Indianapolis
Uss Indianapolis survivor interview with Adolfo Celaya
Host Randal Wallace discusses the travesty of justice involving the Captain Charles B McVay 3 , who was wrongfully court marshalled and later committed suicide
Central Illinois World War 2 stories - USS Indianapolis Story with Earl Wiggins, Don McCall, and Art Leenerman
The Gripping true story of the sinking of the Indianapolis as told by survivors - New Day News
Central Illinois World War 2 stories - USS Indianapolis Story with Earl Wiggins, Don McCall, and Art Leenerman
News interview with Adolfo Celaya, portion with the author of a book on the Indianapolis
Host Randal Wallace talks about the Indianapolis sinkings reemergence in the public's mind due to a famous movie scene in the Movie "JAWS" , we use portions of that scene with Robert Shaw, and music from the movie by John Williams
Host Randal Wallace sums up the story of the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
USS Indianapolis Survivor relives horrifying experience Edgar Harrell #38
Central Illinois World War 2 stories - USS Indianapolis Story with Earl Wiggins, Don McCall, and Art Leenerman
few seconds of silince in honor of the sailors who perished in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis
Closing music