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Gus O'Dell Hollis, U.S. Navy during W.W. II

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On 31 Aug 2017 wrote:

August 20, 2017 Comment from CNN article (CNN) — It's been 72 years since the USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it in the final days of World War II. A team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the cruiser's wreckage Friday on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 18,000 feet below the surface. The discovery brings a measure of closure to one of most tragic maritime disasters in US naval history.

On 2 Aug 2017 wrote:

@B.Hollis I wonder if he knew my grandfather from Brooklyn, NY? He was on that same mission. He told me once about him having to hold his buddy up in the water as he was badly hurt. Sadly a shark ripped his buddy away from him as they were trying to stay afloat. My grandfather was then rescued eventually, then sent to the hospital as he had shrapnel embedded all in his back, neck and head. He hated talking about it, as I think he felt like he should have been avle to save his shipmate. I love seeing pictures like this. =)

On 31 Jul 2017 wrote:

photo_of_week.gif This is the winner of the Family History Photo of the Week for 28 July 2017.

On 26 Jul 2017 wrote:

I think it was likely this photo was taken at the Lone Pine Sanctuary in Brisbane, QLD, Australia - I have similar shots in my own collection. Those are koalas.

On 25 Jul 2017 wrote:

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during W.W. II and received an Honorable Discharge November 27, 1945. He also received several commendations, including the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the Phillipine Liberation Medal and the W.W. II Victory Medal. He was shipped to the Phillipines on the USS Indianapolis which left for on a secret mission in the early morning hours of July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis, just 4 days after it delivered the first combat-ready atomic bomb to the US air base at Tinian Island in the Pacific, was fatally struck by torpedoes from Japanese subs. Within minutes, some 900 of the 1,196 men on board were in the shark infested waters, equipped only with life jackets. Few life rafts were deployed. The shark attacks began with the rising sun that morning and continued until the remaining men were rescued just over 4 days later. Of the initial 900 or so men that went into the water, only 317 survived, making it the worst maritime disaster in U.S. Navy history.

On 25 Jul 2017 wrote:

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