The Oscars and sharks

For the umpteenth year in a row I won’t be watching the Academy Awards tonight. Won’t waste my time on those Leftist America-hating pukes.

Wasn’t always that way. I recall in 1976 watching the Oscars, thinking Jaws was a shoe-in for Best Picture. Wrong. The honor went to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Though not 100% accurate, in Jaws, Quint, played by the late Robert Shaw gives one of the film’s best scenes about the USS Indianapolis.

Smithsonian Magazine provides more details.

The USS Indianapolis had delivered the crucial components of the first operational atomic bomb to a naval base on the Pacific island of Tinian. On August 6, 1945, the weapon would level Hiroshima. But now, on July 28, the Indianapolis sailed from Guam, without an escort, to meet the battleship USS Idaho in the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and prepare for an invasion of Japan.

The next day was quite…But shortly after midnight, a Japanese torpedo hit the Indianapolis in the starboard bow, blowing almost 65 feet of the ship’s bow out of the water and igniting a tank containing 3,500 gallons of aviation fuel into a pillar of fire shooting several hundred feet into the sky. Then another torpedo from the same submarine hit closer to midship, hitting fuel tanks and powder magazines and setting off a chain reaction of explosions that effectively ripped the Indianapolis in two. Still traveling at 17 knots, the Indianapolis began taking on massive amounts of water; the ship sank in just 12 minutes. Of the 1,196 men aboard, 900 made it into the water alive. Their ordeal—what is considered the worst shark attack in history—was just beginning.

Read the entire article here.

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