Just heard about a must see movie for me! It is "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage". It is based on the true story of the USS Indianapolis, a ship that was sunk by the Japanese in World War II. You do know what happened, don't you? It was mentioned in the movie "Jaws". (You must remember the great actor, Robert Shaw giving his speech about the Indianapolis.) There were 900 men who survived the sinking but were left adrift in the ocean for FIVE DAYS and many of them were taken by the sharks. The story is not just about the incredible strength of the survivors but also of the bravery of those who rescued them. Please, remember the name ADRIAN MARKS...a true hero....he landed his seaplane to rescue the men after being ordered not to do so. They actually tied the men to the wings of the seaplane and the plane just b...a...r....e...l...y lifted out of the water!
(I just looked this up and I wrote a post about this in September of 2011. You may read my post just here.
Here are three books that I recommend:
In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton
Fatal Voyage by Dan Kurzman
Left For Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for The USS Indianapolis by Hunter Scott and Pete Nelson
That last book...it is a continuing story about the Indianapolis and honestly, it deserves a movie all its own. By the efforts of this 12 year old from Pensacola Florida, he and the remaining survivors were able to get the US Navy to reverse the dishonorable discharge that had been given to Captain McVay of the Indianapolis. (P.S. From further reading...you might know how this played out. The US Navy did not EXACTLY reverse the ruling but somehow in a technical kind of way, exonerated the Captain without a full pardon, if you will. Perhaps I have read this incorrectly. If so, I will be happy to come back and edit this. I to try to be honest and get things right on my blog.)
Hunter Scott is now Lt. Hunter Scott and is a Naval Aviator based in California. And I have read that a movie about his connection to the USS Indianapolis is now in works. So look out for it in the future!