The survivors of the Indianapolis never forgot their Captain, and when Hunter Scott contacted them in 1997, they eagerly shared their memories and opinions with him. All of this resulted in Captain McVay being exonerated by Congressional Resolution in 2000. Captain McVay had committed suicide in 1968 but his men never forgot him or gave up fighting for his honor.
In 2001, the Secretary of the Navy ordered that Captain McVay's record be purged of any wrongdoing.
I can't stop thinking of the men from the Indianapolis and what the survivors had to endure. I urge you to read more about them. The fact that the Indianapolis has now been found should bring more attention to this true story from World War II.
For anyone who might happen upon this post who could be related to one of the survivors, please pass along my most sincere best wishes. You are all heroes and have my utmost respect.
Photo of the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse near Eastbourne, England. Nothing to do with the USS Indianapolis, just the best photo I have of open water. The Royal Sovereign is 7 miles out to sea, in the English Channel.