Army & Navy: The Good of the Service

The silence of the court could mean only one thing: guilty. On one of the two counts, "culpable inefficiency" (failure to abandon ship promptly) in the torpedoing of his ship, the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the court had acquitted Captain Charles B. McVay III, U.S.N. But the court's silence on the charge of "negligence" (in his failure to zigzag his ship) meant that on that count the court had found McVay guilty. Last week, as the Navy prepared to review its court's findings, McVay faced a bleak future.

He had been the victim of phenomenally bad luck, both in & out of court. Wearer...

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