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The USS Indianapolis at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa 1937.  On July 30, 1945, a Japanese submarine torpedoed the Indianapolis, tearing the ship nearly in two, destroying much of the bow and igniting a firestorm below decks. Within 12 minutes, the vessel was gone and 300 crewmen were dead.  (Naval Historical Center via AP)
The USS Indianapolis at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa 1937. On July 30, 1945, a Japanese submarine torpedoed the Indianapolis, tearing the ship nearly in two, destroying much of the bow and igniting a firestorm below decks. Within 12 minutes, the vessel was gone and 300 crewmen were dead. (Naval Historical Center via AP)

On the 65th anniversary of the worst at-sea naval disaster in U.S. history — the Japanese attack on the USS Indianapolis — we hear about one of the victims nearly lost to history, the ship's chaplain, who consoled hundreds of men imperiled at sea.

Guest:

  • Bill Milhomme, former Massachusetts state archivist

This program aired on July 30, 2010.

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