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Gripping Story Of ‘The Indianapolis’ Told By Local Authors

Gripping Story Of USS Indianapolis Told By Local Authors

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Sara Vladic, Co-Author, "Indianapolis: The True Story Of The Worst Sea Disaster In U.S. History And The Fifty-Year Fight To Exonerate An Innocent Man."

Transcript

The cover of the book, "Indianapolis: The True Story Of The Worst Sea Disaster In U.S. History And The Fifty-Year Fight To Exonerate An Innocent Man" by Sara Vladic and Lynn Vincent is pictured.

As a teenager in Rancho Bernardo, Sara Vladic was always interested in history. When she saw a documentary about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in World War II, she was intrigued.

How could it happen, she wondered, that the U.S. Navy bungled so badly that hundreds of young men died unnecessarily?

The facts are grim. Hit by two torpedoes on July 30, 1945, the cruiser sank in 12 minutes. About 200 sailors and Marines went down with the ship. Those who escaped the wreckage drifted for days in shark-infested waters. Of 1,196 crew members, only 316 were rescued.

In 2001 Vladic first attended the annual reunion of survivors. There were more than 100 then. She became friends with many of them, and they asked her to tell their story. The documentary “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy,” which took several years to make, was the first result.

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A book seemed to be in order, so Vladic contacted fellow San Diegan Lynn Vincent, and together they wrote one. Its full title is "Indianapolis: The True Story Of The Worst Sea Disaster In U.S. History And The Fifty-Year Fight To Exonerate An Innocent Man." The book came out July 10.

The annual reunion of Indianapolis survivors is later this month. There are 10 left, but just five survivors are scheduled to attend.

Vladic believes it is likely to be the last one.

She talks with Mark Sauer about her book and her interest in the story of Indianapolis on Midday Edition.

Author Event

"Indianapolis" authors Sara Vladic and Lynn Vincent will appear for a reading and book-signing

Thursday, July 12, 7:30 p.m.

Warwicks in La Jolla

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