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Left for Dead; A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis
Random House, Inc / 2003 / Paperback
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When the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese Submarine, she sank in only fourteen minutes. Most of the men did not survive in the fiery, shark-infested waters, while a few struggled to stay afloat...yet the US Navy did not even know they were missing. The Navy needed a scapegoat, and court-martialed the captain for "hazarding" the ship. But the survivors knew their captain was not to blame and tried for over fifty years to clear his name. Yet it was not until an 11-year old boy created a history fair project that stirred controversy in Washington D.C., that Captain McVay was finally exonerated. 201 indexed pages, softcover.
Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men were thrown into shark-infested waters. Those who survived the fiery sinkingsome injured, many without life jacketsstruggled to stay afloat in shark-infested waters as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing. The Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for "hazarding" his ship. The survivors of the Indianapolis knew that their captain was not to blame. For 50 years they worked to clear his name, even after his untimely death. But the navy would not budgeuntil an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott entered the picture. His history fair project on the Indianapolis soon became a crusade to restore the captains good name and the honor of the men who served under him.
Pete Nelson is the author of 18 books of fiction and nonfiction and has written for numerous magazines. His most recent adult book is That Others May Live (Random House).
“Two history lessons run concurrently through this exciting, life-affirming book about war heroics and justice . . . which proves without question the impact one student can have on history.”—Booklist
“Young readers . . . will no doubt be inspired by the youth’s tenacity—and by the valor of those who served on the Indianapolis.”—The Horn Book Magazine
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