Army & Navy - COMMAND: The Captain Stands Accused

The heavy cruiser Indianapolis was almost the last of the 437 combat ships lost by the U.S. Navy in World War II. Her loss led to the first general court-martial of a ship's commanding officer. In most cases where ships were sunk, routine reports were enough to show that negligence was not a factor; in others, courts of inquiry reached the same finding. Not so in the case of the cruiser which carried parts of the first atomic bomb to the Marianas, only to be lost a few days later on the way to Leyte, with the heaviest casualty list...

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