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Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991)

True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

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Capt. Charles Butler McVay
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Lieutenant Steven Scott
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Lipscombe
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Kinderman
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Hashimoto
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True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

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This is the very mission that Quint (Robert Shaw) talked about being a member of in a famous scene from Jaws (1974). See more »

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After the Indianapolis delivers the atomic bomb to Tinian, there is a shot of a B-29 with "Enola Gay" painted on its nose. This was the airplane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. In reality, the name was not painted on this aircraft until the day before the mission. See more »

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Edited from War and Remembrance (1988) See more »

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Accurate, unfortunately.
1 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An accurate portrayal of the sinking of USS Indianapolis and worthwhile for telling a tale of survival under the most desperate conditions which can be imagined. Also the most damning indictment of leadership failure since Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade.

It was my misfortune, and that of the US Navy, that I viewed this production less than 3 days before I was to report to RECTRACOMGLAKES to begin what I expected to be my naval career. My confidence in the superiors appointed over me was shattered, particularly in Officers O-6 and above who might be reasonably expected not to misplace something as substantial as a heavy cruiser. My service was short, to my regret.

As for the court-martial of CAPT C.B. McVey, the practice of choosing a scapegoat in the aftermath of preventable disaster causing great loss of life appears to be endemic in the USN. Decades later, in the wake of the gun turret explosion aboard USS Iowa, naval investigators fabricated a fantastic tale of 'gay romance run amok' as the cause.

In the near twenty years gone by I hope that things have improved in the Navy. Most, enlisted and officers alike serve with great dedication and professionalism. Unfortunately a few bad apples spoils the barrel.

jHh


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