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The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on 30 July 1945, which led to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the US Navy. She sank in only 12 minutes, and of the 1,196 crew aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship.
The remaining 900 men faced exposure, dehydration and shark attacks as they waited for assistance while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by an aircraft on routine patrol.
Only 317 sailors survived.
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