Members Only USS Indianapolis T-Shirt
One of the most top secret missions in history was executed by the USS Indianapolis. After delivering the nuclear bomb, they were heading back to Hawaii, when on 30 July, the ship was torpedoed and sunk. 1,195 men were onboard. 300 went down with the ship. It was four days before the survivors were spotted and a few more before rescue efforts pulled everyone from the water. Dehydration, injuries, and nonstop shark attacks resulted in the greatest naval loss of life in history. At the end of the rescue, only 316 men survived.
This battle was memorialized through the character Quint in the movie Jaws. His description in that film still gives a visceral reaction of what it was like to be in those waters, wondering if anyone would ever come.