The Sinking of USS Indianapolis - What Happened to the Men on Board ?
At 00:15 on 30 July, 1945, Indianapolis was struck on her starboard side by two Type 95 torpedoes, one in the bow and one amidships, from the Japanese submarine I-58, captained by Commander Mochitsura Hashimoto, who initially thought he had spotted the New Mexico-class battleship Idaho.
The explosions caused massive damage. Indianapolis took on a heavy list (the ship had had a great deal of armament and gun-firing directors added as the war went on, and was therefore top-heavy), and settled by the bow. Twelve minutes later, she rolled completely over, then her stern rose into the air, and she plunged down.
Some 300 of the 1,195 crewmen aboard went down with the ship.
With few lifeboats and many without life jackets, the remainder of the crew was set adrift. Watch this Short Video Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEVDAzkXfTQ as well as the 2016 MOVIE Preview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDPE-NronKk