by Frank C. Newby
~ Synopsis ~
A bone-chilling story of heroism and tragedy from the South Pacific in WWII. The USS Indianapolis delivered the Atomic bomb to Tinian, left for the Phillipines and the invasion of Japan and was sunk two days later with 1196 men on board. A Japanese submarine torpedoed and sunk the ship and over 800 men died just 15 days before the end of the war. The survivors spent 108 hours in the water, suffering from shark attacks and heavy seas. The U.S. Navy didn’t miss them. The rescue by a PBY Catalina against unbelievable odds and the heroism of the sailors involved are the stuff of legends. The story of a typhoon and hurricane, which followed are unbelievable. Were they the fabled “divine winds” of Japanese legend or just a regular occurrence in the South Pacific? The timing and results are eerily similar. It’s all here in a super, hair-raising, spine tingling true story of a little known incident of World War II. Heroes deserve to be known. Don’t let their memories die.
~ A Book Review ~
That once prominent headline commemorating the beginning of WWII, Remember Pearl Harbor, has now sadly dropped to the bottom of the page in the local newspaper and the vow to remember is perched on the sidebar. Those distinguished Americans who served and survived that war are now bidding us swift goodbyes. This true story, however, occurs near the end of the War, detailing a daring rescue and survival that might otherwise have been archived, obscured to notice, had it not been for the fortuitous circumstance of Frank Newby acquiring a memoir from his relative, Lt. Adrian Marks, and sharing his account of a daring, near impossible rescue from the shark infested night sea, 4 days after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945, only days from the end of the war.
On that fateful voyage of the USS Indianapolis, there were 1196 men aboard, 880 souls perished; 316 survived. This book describes how 56 of those survivors were rescued by the PBY5A Catalina, a search and rescue plane piloted by Lt. Adrian Marks who defied protocols and orders to do the impossible at great personal risk, who chose to land his craft at night in 10-ft. swells of rough sea, along with his crew of 7.
This book covers the history of the great ship and the first-hand stories of some of the survivors. This is about bravery; valor, dedication and incalculable risk, a story of a true American hero who made an on-the-spot decision to do what was necessary, to save lives, no matter the cost. There is the drama of an uncanny chain of events relating to the bombs that ended the war which likewise played a surprisingly crucial role in this ship’s fatal mission.
Just when we think we have heard all the WWII stories, Frank Newby brings us this first-hand, spiritually enriching account of fearless, bold action and courage, destined to touch our hearts and ultimately the silver screen. Final Voyage is well researched and presented with clarity and fidelity. You will understand the high drama of a sea rescue effort at a turning point in our country’s history. Final Voyage pays respectful homage to those who gave their all and to those who served with extraordinary gallantry and nerve; a tribute to the crew and to the USS Indianapolis: May she – and they — rest in peace.
Publish Date: February 5, 2013
Page Count: 206
Book Size: 6″ x 9″
Binding: Perfect Bound (Soft Cover)
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