At 12:14 a.m. on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 men on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remainder, about 900 men, were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. The ship was never missed, and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident four days later only 316 men were still alive.

many of you have heard this story. I got this 8 part documentary from a WW2 forum im on. and once again it sparked off a long and heated debate on who was responsible here. including new info i never knew of before. it does not deal with the events leading up or after their rescue. includes inviews with survivors.

narrated by Richard Dreyfuss