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Court-martialed for WWII shark attack

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Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017):

All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World's Most Misunderstood Predator by Blaise Jones
All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator by Blaise Jones

The captain of the USS Indianapolis, Charles. B. McVay III (both pictured above), survived the sinking and shark attacks that befell his ship and was court-martialed for not zigzagging the ship enough to avoid sinking.

Although the United States lost more than 350 ships in World War II, McVay was the only Navy captain court-martialed.

The controversial decision was upheld by the Senate Armed Forces Committee in 1999, but in 2001 the same committee reversed their decision and approved a resolution absolving him of wrongdoing. McVay committed suicide in 1968.

 

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