I was sitting here thinking about how I wanted to do a post on the book I finished before Christmas, In Harm’s Way, and was wondering how I could tie it to my postcards. Then it dawned on me that I had this card of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the subject of the book.
The U.S.S. Indianapolis was a cruiser that delivered the contents for the bomb “Little Boy,” the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945. After delivery, the cruiser was torpedoed by a Japanese sub. Rescuers did not arrive until after four days, as no one realized the cruiser hadn’t arrived at its next destination. Of the 1,196 crew on board, there were only 317 survivors from the disaster. For all the specifics, I would highly recommend reading In Harm’s Way!
This card was mailed June 20, 1942, a little over 3 years before the torpedoing, by Nelson Duvall. Duvall was not on the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the time of the disaster; his name is not on the list of final crew in the book.