Army & Navy - OPERATIONS: End of the Indianapolis Case

The last great tragedy of World War II —the sinking of the cruiser Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea last July, with the loss of 880 lives—was unveiled in full detail last week. Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz called in newsmen, said: "We have no desire or intention to deny any of our mistakes." Then he confessed four grievous ones:

¶ At Leyte naval headquarters, the Indianapolis had been recorded as having arrived, when in fact she had not been sighted or heard from.

¶ A Jap submarine's radio report of sinking "something" along the cruiser's route was intercepted, partly decoded—but not...

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