On this Memorial Day weekend as we honor the memory of those men and women who have given their lives in defense of our freedom, we are re-airing one of my favorite FIRST PERSON interviews. Edgar Harrell is one of the few surviving members (and the only surviving Marine) of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in WW II. 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. He tells his gripping story this week on FIRST PERSON and it is an honor to help him tell it.
Edgar Harrell was finally promoted to Sergeant recently and this summer marks the 75th anniversary of the sinking. The wreckage of the Indianapolis was discovered in 2018 and you can read about the discovery here. Mr. Harrell is now 95 years old and is still in demand as a speaker around the country. His book, OUT OF THE DEPTHS, An Unforgettable Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
NEXT WEEK: the late Ravi Zacharias tells his life story in a 2011 interview