Congress Awards Indianapolis Crew Gold Medal

Congress awarded the crew of the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis its Congressional Gold Medal this week, honoring their sacrifice during one of the most tragic incidents of World War II.

A Japanese submarine sank the heavy cruiser during the final days of the war, but the secrecy surrounding its mission—delivering parts of the atomic bombs that were later dropped on Japan—meant survivors of the sinking were forced to wait a week before their rescue. Nearly 600 members of the crew died after the sinking, many of them killed by sharks.

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