Edgar Harrell

On this Memorial Day weekend, we hear an account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during WWII which took the lives of hundreds of American sailors. Long time listeners of FIRST PERSON will recognize this program from previous airings, but it is too powerful a story not to hear again.

On the ship, Marine Corporal Harrell’s assignment was to guard the secret crates holding two atomics bombs. They were on board the USS Indianapolis to be delivered to an airbase in the Pacific.  After delivery, while back at sea, the Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine.  Out of nearly 1200 men, Mr. Harrell was one of only 300 or so survivors who endured over 4 days in shark invested waters watching other men all around him die.

The wreckage of the Indianapolis was discovered in 2018 and you can read about the discovery here.  A dedicated follower of Jesus Christ, Mr. Harrell died at the age of 96 in 2021. His book is OUT OF THE DEPTHS, An Unforgettable Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

NEXT WEEK:  Michael Thompson, One Way Ministries




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