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USS Indianapolis survivors recount harrowing battle for survival

“You’d hear shipmates screaming for help — you really couldn’t tell where the screaming was coming from.”

The horrors recounted by survivors of the July 30, 1945, sinking of World War II heavy cruiser Indianapolis are the subject of a new PBS documentary. It was recently screened with both those surviving sailors and the crew members’s of a littoral combat ship that will bear the famous warship’s name, once it’s commissioned.

Narrated by Kyle Chandler (“Argo,” “Manchester by the Sea”), “The USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter” highlights the 2017 shipwreck discovery of what remains the Navy’s single greatest loss at sea.

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