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A chapter in the book World As I See It 6

The Forgotten

by Barb Hensongispsaca

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This is a story strange but true.
A ship and her courageous crew
delivered the atomic bomb,
then disappeared from leaving Guam.

Since not expected for some days,
then no one knew they weren't okay.
A Jap sub found them all alone;
torpedoes sunk her like a stone.

Eleven hundred ninety-six,
went down that day in oil filled mix.
Nine hundred men survived that day-
there'd be no help to come their way.

Now that was just the start of hell-
five days of floating ocean's swell.
Most burned and blistered, drenched in oil,
they froze at night and daytime-boiled.

Insane from drinking salted sea,
some dove beneath, yelled "Follow me!!".
The worst was met in shark's sharp teeth...
the silent death that lurked beneath.

Right from the start they came to feed;
some men would scream while others plead.
Five long days later, help arrived,
to save what men were left alive.

Nine hundred men went in the swell,
three hundred sixteen lived to tell
what happened when mistakes were made.
We can't forget the price they paid.

Writing Prompt
Write a poem, any type, about the members of the military present and past.

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On July 30, 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bomb to the United States air base at Guam, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. It sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship.

The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. Five days later, the Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were accidentally spotted by a plane on routine patrol. Only 317 survived. Her sinking led to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy.

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