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U.S.S. Indianapolis

Near the end of World War Two, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine, beginning a harrowing four-and-a-half day experience for the crew. As they waited for rescue, many of them were eaten by sharks. The ship's captain was later court martialed. But the crew felt the captain was unfairly accused. After fifty five years, Congress restored his honor. Noah Adams talks with Peter Maas, author of the forward to Abandon Ship: The Saga of the U.S.S.Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb, which has just been reissued. (8:00)
Abandon Ship: The Saga of the U.S.S.Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb, is published by Harper Collins, December 2000. Maas is also author of The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History, a Harper Mass Market Paperback, published August 2000.

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