Friday, July 30, 2004

Today is the anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
At 12:14 a.m. on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 men on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remainder, about 900 men, were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. The ship was never missed, and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident four days later only 316 men were still alive.

The Indianapolis was returning from delivering the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

Today is also the sixteenth anniversary of my marriage to Mrs. Eagle. The fact that both of these events occurred on the same date is purely coincidental.

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