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Mar. 26, 2017

I still have 34 minutes left to the end of the film USS Indianapolis Men of Courage. I have to say, My heart go's out to the Men who lost their lives. I don't understand why it took so long for any kind of search. To the survivors and to the ones who lost loved ones, Our life is brief, you all paid the price for our freedom, It from the bottom and with all of my heart that I want to thank you. Words come and go., just like people. the Museum. will honor what happened., for ever and ever., Brave men you are. It hurts to know this has happened without sorrow of the enemy. From one Brother in Arms to the other., God Bless you all.

David C. Allen

Sept. 13, 2013

Do you have knowledge of or know of any public accessible information about the Indianapolis crew replacement on Guam just short of sailing for Leyte. A couple on online accounts state Indianapolis, after delivering 'bomb' components to Tinian on July 26, put into Guam for no more than one day, July 26 or 27. The accounts state there were sailors on board whose enlistments were up and needed to be replaced. How many needed to be replaced and how and where were they found in such a short time?

If it were a small number, say just a few, why would the history account make mention of a trivial matter? My father was stationed on Guam at that time on another ship, and later that year took part in the occupation of Yokohama, Japan. When we were children, I remember my father told my mother the following information, only he didn't say where: "One day they lined up a bunch of sailors on a pier/dock and called for volunteers. The sailors who volunteered went on a ship that was sunk with great loss of life." Any help in getting a clearer picture in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Bob Tilley

Reply 1.
Sept. 13, 2013

I just spoke to a survivor and he confirmed your story. There was a "swap" on Guam, but he does not know how many men were involved.

Michael W. Pocock

Apr. 20, 2012

My father served aboard the Indy from April 1936 to February 1938.  Other than the Goodwill Cruise, I can find no record of her activities during that time.  Do you know where I can find it?

Brian Crawford

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