Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS IndianapolisDavid Harrell, Edgar Harrell
Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis is the inspiring story of a World War II hero's miraculous survival at sea. July 30, 1945 - The USS Indianapolis and its 1,196-man crew is making its way toward a ... Read More
July 30, 1945 - The USS Indianapolis and its 1,196-man crew is making its way toward a small island in the South Pacific. The ship is sailing unescorted, assured by headquarters the waters are safe. It is midnight, and Marine Edgar Harrell and several others have sacked out on deck rather than spend the night in their hot and muggy quarters below. Fresh off a top-secret mission to deliver uranium for the atomic bombs that would ultimately end World War II, they are unaware their ship is being watched. Minutes later, six torpedoes are slicing toward the Indy.
For five horrifying days and nights after their ship went down, Harrell and his shipmates had to fend for themselves in the open seas. Plagued by dehydration, exposure, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks, their numbers were cruelly depleted before they were miraculously rescued. This is one man's story of courage, ingenuity and faith in God's providence in the midst of the worst naval disaster in U.S. history.
Page Count: 192
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Apr 1, 2014
- UPC: 9780764212604
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 189
- Publish Date: May 6, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012040"
- ISBN: 0764212605
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- Story of Faith, courage and heroism by Deb on 8/19/2014
Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell is a true story of faith, courage, and heroism. This is a book about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in WWII where out of almost 2000 men only 317 survived and what the survivors faced waiting to be rescued. This is Edgar Harrell’s story of what happened and how he was in the water waiting to be rescued, relying on his faith in God to make it through his ordeal.
I was captivated by the heroism shown in the face of such horrendous circumstances and how hope was found in clinging to faith in God, Edgar Harrell tells his story and the others that survived with him from before, during and after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, including the cover up and the making of Cpt. McVay the scape goat for the sinking. It is well written and easy to read and also told in a way that is not too graphic, but at the same time the reader is able to understand and picture the ordeal the survivors faced while in the shark infested water waiting for days to be found and rescued.
This is a book that those who love history, especially military history will want to read. It is also for those who want to read about how your faith in God can and will see you through any circumstance. It is a book about strength, courage, heroism and faith in the time of one of the worst tragedies of the NAVY during WWII. I would recommend this book to be added to your must read list of books.
One of my favorite line of the book was when Edgar Harrell realizes the ship is sinking and he is facing death and he prays and calls out to God, “I knew within my heart that God was answering my prayers and was going to see me through. As the finite security of the great Indianapolis slipped away beneath my feet, the infinite security of the Almighty bore me up and gave me peace-a supernatural peace promised in His Word” pg67
Until Next Time:
GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA, SOME CHOCOLATE, A GOOD BOOK AND KEEP ON READING!
- “Out of the Depths” by Edgar Harrell by tickmenot on 5/19/2014
Edgar Harrell, a Marine during World War II, tells his true story of being aboard the USS Indianapolis when a Japanese submarine bombed it multiple times. In a matter of minutes, the battleship sunk, while the crew tried to jump for their lives into Pacific Ocean.
The Indianapolis was caught completely unawares as it did not have equipment on board to warn them of submarines in the area. Although a request had been made for a destroyer escort to protect the Indy from submarines, it had been denied. The ship had also been misinformed that the waters they were going through were safe, when in fact, they were very dangerous.
Mr. Harrell relates his ordeal of being in shark infested waters hundreds of miles from land. The men baked in the tropical sun during the day, but froze at night. Over nine hundred men were in the water to begin with, but by the time help arrived, there were just over three hundred.
The men were counting on rescue parties coming for them. But unbeknownst to them, the one SOS that the Indy sent was not translated correctly, so their call for help was never received. The dock where the Indianapolis was going had a mix-up about their arrival, so they were not noted as overdue. Without a miracle, no one would find them.
All these years later, the author was still able to paint a vivid picture of the horrors he and his fellow soldiers faced in the ocean. Mr. Harrell states unequivocally that God brought him through this torment. He is also quick to credit God for setting in motion the set of circumstances that ultimately caused them to be rescued.
Many of the survivors turned to alcohol or suicide to escape the memories of that awful time. Soldiers who experienced combat have stated this situation was the worst thing they lived through. The author attributes his faith in God, and the strength from Him, that has allowed him to survive the memories of that nightmare without resorting to destructive behaviors.
Reading Mr. Harrell’s experiences was difficult, but points out the tremendous sacrifices Americans have made for our nation. The survivors have formed a group, and have continued to meet down through the years. It was uplifting to read of Mr. Harrell’s faith, as well as, the peace he has made with the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of the Japanese submarine commander who bombed the Indianapolis. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes true military stories.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.