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RE: USS Indianapolis.
Posted by: Frank Blazich ()
Date: August 19, 2001 12:31AM

<HTML>The USS Indianapolis was mentioned in JAWS, towards the end.
\" Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our
side, Chief. We was comin\' back from the island of Tinny and
Delailie, we\'d just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb.
Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in
twelve minutes. Didn\'t see the first shark for about a half hour.
Tiger. Thirteen footer. You know how you know that in the
water, Chief? You can tell by lookin\' from the dorsal to the tail.
What we didn\'t know, was that our bomb mission was so
secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn\'t even list us
overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin\',
so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you
see in the calendars, you know the squares in the old calendars
like the Battle o\' Waterloo and the idea was the shark come to
the nearest man, that man he starts poundin\' and hollerin\' and
sometimes that shark he go away... but sometimes he wouldn\'t
go away. Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into
your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he\'s got lifeless eyes.
Black eyes. Like a doll\'s eyes. When he comes at ya, he
doesn\'t even seem to be livin\'... \'til he bites ya, and those black
eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible
high-pitched screamin\'. The ocean turns red, and despite all
your poundin\' and your hollerin\' those sharks come in and...
they rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn,
lost a hundred men. I don\'t know how many sharks, maybe a
thousand. I do know how many men, they averaged six an
hour. Thursday mornin\', Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine,
Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Bosun\'s
mate. I thought he was asleep, Reached over to wake him up.
He bobbed up, down in the water, he was like a kinda top.
Upended. Well, he\'d been bitten in half below the waist. Noon
the fifth day a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he spotted
us, a young pilot, lot younger than Mr. Hooper here, anyway he
spotted us and a few hours later a big ol\' fat PBY come down
and start to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most
frightened? Waitin\' for my turn. I\'ll never put on a lifejacket
again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water. Three
hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest,
June the twenty-ninth, nineteen-forty five. Anyway, we
delivered the bomb.\"</HTML>

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