ISSUE #9: In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton
FOR ANYONE WHO APPRECIATES World War II history, the most gripping part of this read is that this story of war, survival and courage is TRUE, and a bittersweet reminder of the price generations before us paid for our freedom. In July 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the Pacific by a Japanese submarine, casting 75% of the ship’s crew (900 soldiers) into the ocean for four days, facing shark attacks, hypothermia and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, only 317 soldiers survived. A court martial of the ship’s captain followed, and author Stanton (a journalist) brings to light, with the help of three survivors, this little-known chapter in WWII history. Incredible stuff.