It was seven decades ago today that the USS Indianapolis sank after being torpedoed in the waning days of the World War 2. 1,200 young men were aboard the vessel. 900 survived the explosion and sinking, but only 300 came out of the water after days of shipwreck, exposure, and shark attacks (only 30 or so of these men are still living).
Below are two links to two videos worth a few minutes of your time. The first is of survivor Edgar Harrell telling about his experience. The second is of the great Robert Shaw playing “Quint” in the movie Jaws; his soliloquy actually brought the story of the Indianapolis to it’s proper remembrance.