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1945: Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink

Tuesday in the Philippine Sea. No rescue for the crew of the sunken Indianapolis. The survivors float a little lower in the water, their kapok lifejackets waterlogged. No water to drink. No fresh water, that is. Blinding sun and thirst drive some to attempt to drink seawater. The ship’s doctor recalls, “Those who drank became […]

1945: Cables from the Pacific

General Farrell on Tinian sends a cable to Groves in Washington. Farrell arrived in Guam (the larger island just south of Tinian) the previous day, and met with LeMay. His cable says, “1 August is interpreted by LeMay and Farrell as coming within the intent of the directive.” Between readying the bomb components (11 hours) […]