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