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Smithsonian Channel Honors Heroes of the USS Indianapolis


The new Smithsonian Channel series "Make It Out Alive" will air a new episode about the World War II sinking of the USS Indianapolis on Sunday November 12 at 9 PM ET/PT.

We've got a clip that focuses on the heroism of Captain Edward Park after the Japanese navy attacked the ship and men were stranded in the Pacific.

This episode features Edgar Harrell, the last known survivor of the attack.

On July 26, 1945, the USS Indianapolis had delivered key components of the atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima to Tinian Island. At midnight on July 30, 1945, the ship was sailing west on the Pacific toward the Philippines with 1,197 men on board when it was hit with two Japanese torpedoes. Within 12 minutes, the ship was at the bottom of the ocean and 900 men were left floating in shark-infested waters. Over the course of the next four days, the sailors struggled through dehydration, starvation, exposure and shark attacks in an astonishing tale of human survival. Only 317 men survived.

"Make It Out Alive" revisits some of the most harrowing calamities of the last 75 years, meeting with the ordinary folks, students, workers--as well as experts, scientists, and photojournalists--who give firsthand accounts in battling, surviving, and persevering in the face of and aftermath of some of the most devastating events of the past decades.  It also includes rarely seen archival footage and dramatic recreations.

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