Left for Dead
A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis
Hunter Scott, an 11-year-old boy in Pensacola, Florida, was watching the movie Jaws, listening to Captain Quint tell the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis at the end of World War II. “Eleven hundred men went into the water. Very first light, the sharks come cruising. . . .” Hunter had a simple question: Was this a true story?
The story of the USS Indianapolis, the worst naval disaster in American history, is indeed true. So is the story of the shameful court-martial of the ship’s captain, shameful because the loss of the ship was not his fault, and the Navy knew it. Hunter Scott became the catalyst for the survivors’ efforts to clear their captain’s name and set the record straight. This is the story of the ship, her brave sailors, their wronged captain, and a young man’s crusade to right an old injustice.
Baker & Taylor
Having heard the story of this great warship and tragic terrible end, a young boy decides to look into the matter and find out why the ship's captain received a court martial as punishment for something he did not do, despite the Navy's knowledge of this.
Recalls the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the navy cover-up and unfair court martial of the ship's captain, and how a young boy helped the survivors set the record straight fifty-five years later.
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As a 11 year old, Hunter Scott watched Jaws (1975) and wondered - was Quint's story of the USS Indianapolis true? This question lead to an investigation to uncover the true story of the Indianapolis.
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