Christmas 1945: Tragic sinking of Indianapolis coming to light
Post war Christmas reading for the folks in Nebraska and across the nation. Correspondents returning from covering the just ended World War II are revealing a major Navy coverup, concerning the sinking of the cruiser Indianapolis. The ship had delivered the atomic bomb to Tinian and then sailed toward the Philippines. Unfortunately for the crew, the Navy lost track of the ship and wasn't aware that it had been torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sunk. Hundreds of crew members were in the water for days being eaten by sharks and drowning. Finally, a patrolling Navy plane spotted them and a few hundred survivors were rescued. As the clipping explains, the Navy had no immediate taste for explaining fully what happened.