USS INDIANAPOLIS SURVIVOR (ROBERT JUSTICE) - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 285431
Sale Price $81.00
USS INDIANAPOLIS SURVIVOR: ROBERT JUSTICE
His ink signature on a photo of the ill-fated cruiser, above a detailed printed caption
Signature: "Robert E. Justice". B/w 10x8. The caption in lower margin reads, in full: "The USS Indianapolis (CA 35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She holds a place in history due to the notorious circumstances of her sinking which was the deadliest single loss of life at-sea in the history of the US Navy. After delivering critical parts for the first atomic bomb to the United States air base at Tinian on July 26, 1945 she was in the Philippines Area when attacked at 0014 on July 30, 1945 by a Japanese submarine. The boat sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crew on-board approximately 300 went down with the ship leaving the remaining crew of about 900 to face a combination of exposure, dehydration and shark attack as they waited for assistance while floating. The men were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. The ship was never missed and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident four days later only 316 men were still alive. Indianapolis was one of the last US Navy ships sunk by enemy action in World War II." Robert E. "Gene" Justice, a Seaman second class on the last voyage of the Indianapolis, passed away on April 18, 2010. Fine condition.
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