Out of the Depths is a true story of one Marine's experience on the USS Indianapolis. Edgar Harrell was a Marine stationed on the USS Indianapolis when tragedy struck the vessel. The unfolding and horrific experience is told with such raw honesty and peace. As I read Mr. Harrell's account of the events that unfolded, I could tell that this is a man of great faith and a true believer. He held on firmly to his faith during a time of death, chaos, anguish, and uncertainty. Mr. Harrell wrote so honestly that I found myself becoming emotional at some of the experiences he and comrades went through. For me this is an unforgettable read. Mr. Harrell is a man of true faith and is a great example of this. His story is a testament to the Lord's faithfulness and love.
I would recommend this book to everyone. Maybe history fans might like this more but I do think that everyone should read Mr. Harrell's courageous and faithful story; I believe that all who do will be greatly affected by it. He is a great example of living a faith-filled life.
Edgar Harrell with David Harrell in their new book "Out Of The Depths" published by Bethany House Publishers gives us An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
From the back cover: The Inspiring Story of a World War II Hero's Miraculous Survival at Sea
July 30, 1945-The USS Indianapolis and its 1,196-man crew is making its way toward a small island in the South Pacific. The ship is sailing unescorted, assured by headquarters the waters are safe. It is midnight, and Marine Edgar Harrell and several others have sacked out on deck rather than spend the night in their hot and muggy quarters below. Fresh off a top-secret mission to deliver uranium for the atomic bombs that would ultimately end World War II, they are unaware their ship is being watched. Minutes later, six torpedoes are slicing toward the Indy . . .
For five horrifying days and nights after their ship went down, Harrell and his shipmates had to fend for themselves in the open seas. Plagued by dehydration, exposure, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks, their numbers were cruelly depleted before they were miraculously rescued. This is one man's story of courage, ingenuity, and faith in God's providence in the midst of the worst naval disaster in U.S. history.
There is a shining moment in the movie, "Jaws" where Robert Shaw gets a chance to really act. The others have made fun of his tattoo and he explains it to them. The tattoo is of the USS Indianapolis and he tells them it had been torpedoed and no one knew they had been sunk because they were on a top-secret mission. It took five days before the survivors could be rescued. It is riveting in the movie it is much more riveting in this book. Edgar Harrell was there! He experienced events that most of us will never encounter. It took a great deal of faith to come through those five days and nights. I am so glad he took the time to tell us about not only the actual events but how he was able to make it through. If you like your stories real and epic then this book is for you.
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Out of the Depths is a true story. This is one man's recollection of the events surrounding the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in July 1945.
This was a time of war, but the USS Indianapolis was assured the waters were safe and so was sailing the South Pacific unescorted. But assurances were of little value when your ship comes under attack by a Japanese submarine.
As Edgar Harrell put it he was face-to-face with my mortality (pg 67) and he prayed because there was no one to help him, no one but the Savior of his soul. And as the security of the ship slipped away he turned to God. So began a 5 day struggle as he and his fellow shipmates struggle to survive the dangers of both the ocean and the elements
This is one story that will leave an impact on your life. There are pictures from the time of the book throughout adding to the reality the author portrays with his words. And there remarks and remembrances from other survivors every few pages. This book will move you to tears at places it is that powerful.
Sometimes it is hard to comprehend the truth of despair those who survive might have felt, but this book helps one grasp some of these feelings. It is amazing how many said this time of trial made them cry out to God in prayer for deliverance.
This would be an excellent addition to any library. It would also make for an interesting Book Club discussion title.
I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
can't imagine having to experience what Mr. Harrell experienced. Spending five days in the sea watching his shipmates getting attacked by sharks. Only to be rescued and go through the agonizing pain of your skin coming off. It was humbling to read this story because he went through all of this to protect the freedom of the country I am so grateful to live in.
I really enjoyed this book and am thankful Edgar approached his son David to help write his account. He draws the reader into his experiences on the boat and the torment he and his crew members went through in the water. Edgar saw and recognized God's love in truly amazing ways from storm clouds and rotten potatoes to search planes and friendships.
Edgar and David Harnell's telling the history of the USS Indianapolis is from a different perspective than other books on the same subject. They penned a book telling and showing
of God's promise to Edgar and showed the many ways God provided and fulfilled his promise. Although a young believer at the time, Edgar held onto God and left a lasting witness to other survivors of God's love some 69 years later. His experiences with the other 317 survivors are unique, but God's provision, love, and faithfulness to His children is a timeless story.
Edgar Harrell, a Marine during World War II, tells his true story of being aboard the USS Indianapolis when a Japanese submarine bombed it multiple times. In a matter of minutes, the battleship sunk, while the crew tried to jump for their lives into Pacific Ocean.
The Indianapolis was caught completely unawares as it did not have equipment on board to warn them of submarines in the area. Although a request had been made for a destroyer escort to protect the Indy from submarines, it had been denied. The ship had also been misinformed that the waters they were going through were safe, when in fact, they were very dangerous.
Mr. Harrell relates his ordeal of being in shark infested waters hundreds of miles from land. The men baked in the tropical sun during the day, but froze at night. Over nine hundred men were in the water to begin with, but by the time help arrived, there were just over three hundred.
The men were counting on rescue parties coming for them. But unbeknownst to them, the one SOS that the Indy sent was not translated correctly, so their call for help was never received. The dock where the Indianapolis was going had a mix-up about their arrival, so they were not noted as overdue. Without a miracle, no one would find them.
All these years later, the author was still able to paint a vivid picture of the horrors he and his fellow soldiers faced in the ocean. Mr. Harrell states unequivocally that God brought him through this torment. He is also quick to credit God for setting in motion the set of circumstances that ultimately caused them to be rescued.
Many of the survivors turned to alcohol or suicide to escape the memories of that awful time. Soldiers who experienced combat have stated this situation was the worst thing they lived through. The author attributes his faith in God, and the strength from Him, that has allowed him to survive the memories of that nightmare without resorting to destructive behaviors.
Reading Mr. Harrell's experiences was difficult, but points out the tremendous sacrifices Americans have made for our nation. The survivors have formed a group, and have continued to meet down through the years. It was uplifting to read of Mr. Harrell's faith, as well as, the peace he has made with the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of the Japanese submarine commander who bombed the Indianapolis. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes true military stories.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.