The U.S.S. Indianapolis: Worst Shark Attack In History

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Have you visited the World War 2 Memorial in Washington, D.C.? Seen the new Nicolas Cage movie, Men of Courage? Or just a Shark Week junkie?

The U.S.S. Indianapolis had an important mission: to deliver a key component of the atomic bomb that would end up bombing Hiroshima. However, it would go down in history as one of the worst naval tragedies during World War 2.

The U.S.S. Indianapolis sailed out of San Francisco Bay on 16 July 1945. After delivering the key components of the first ever atomic bomb to the naval base on the Pacific Island of Tinian, the ship completed its mission. On July 28th, it sailed from the island of Guam, without an escort, to meet the U.S.S. Idaho in the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, where they would preparing for an invasion of Japan.

It is said that what followed could have been avoided if Capt. McVay's request for a destroyer escort wasn't denied despite not having anti-submarine detection equipment on board. This was particularly unusual as it was the only ship during the war that made the transit across the Philippine Sea without an escort. However, due to the top-secret nature of what they were carrying, which most on board weren't even aware of, it had to be under the radar as possible. This trip turned out to be one of the worst naval incidents that occurred in World War 2 as well as shark attack in history.

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