Lead: At 8:00 AM on July 16, 1945 the USS Indianapolis, carrying components of the atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima, glided through the Golden Gate. Destination: Tinian.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Captain Charles B. McVay, III was a graduate of the Naval Academy, the son of an Admiral. On short notice, he received orders to carry the nuclear cargo while directing the final stages of repair to damage inflicted on the Indianapolis in a nearly fatal kamikaze attack off Okinawa Island earlier that year. The ship was ready but the crew was filled with a large number of inexperienced new men. McVay wanted more time to train but the Navy needed a bomb delivered and his fast cruiser was available.


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