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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
My goal in writing a review is to share what I like about a story and hopefully entice you to check it out further. I find myself having a difficult time reviewing this particular book and that is troubling.
It’s not because I didn’t like the book or find it fascinating. Quite the contrary. My difficulty is that I find I have no adequate words to convey just how deeply this story touched me and how important the messages are that are told within this story.
Edgar Harrell served on the USS Indianapolis during World War II. He was aboard the ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in July of 1945 when it was hit by two Japanese torpedoes. The crew that survived the hit were left in the ocean with no food or water for four days. The surviving Marines risked starvation, dehydration, and hypothermia, not to mention shark attacks and the possibility the enemy could return at any time. The crew of 1,196 quickly became an estimated 900 and of that only 317 were rescued. Today there are less than 40 of those Marines who were aboard the USS Indianapolis still alive.
Harrell tells his poignant story recalling what happened prior to their fatal mission and his faith in God that carried him through those terrible hours waiting to be rescued and his continued recovery since that historic event. Only 19 at the time, Harrell attributes his survival to the power of prayer.
Harrell’s story also deals with the issue that their ship carried the materials used to assemble the two atomic bombs that were later dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In addition, Harrell touches on how the remaining crew had to lobby to help clear their captain’s name following the sinking of the ship.
This is truly a remarkable story that should never be forgotten by any generation.
Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Edgar Harrell with David Harrell, Bethany House Publishers, @2014, ISBN: 978-0764212604, Hardcover, 192 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you’re having a wonderful, relaxing Sunday. If you know someone who served during World War II (or any war/conflict), give them a hug or a phone call and just say thanks for all they’ve done or doing. If you know someone who lived through World War II and didn’t serve, thank them too for their contribution to a generation that gave us so much.
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