'Out of the Depths': WWII veteran, survivor of sinking of USS Indianapolis hopes his story will inspire faith in God

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  • Kim Roller Seattle, WA
    June 5, 2014 9:50 p.m.

    Such a great, inspiring story from a man who tells it from his heart. I treasure every moment that I get to spend with Ed Harrell and I'm excited to see him next month at his USS Indianapolis reunion. Buy his book and if you have the chance to see him tell his story in person, DO NOT MISS IT. His account is a powerful, emotional one. Kudos to this great man and his shipmates. The Survivors and Lost At Sea crewmen will never be forgotten again, like they were for those horrible days in 1945.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 25, 2014 8:00 p.m.

    Thanks DN for this piece.

    Another treatment of this topic is Doug Stanton's... In Harms Way.

    Edgar Harrell CPL USMC is listed among the survivors in Stanton's book.

    An interesting aspect of this story related to CPL Harrell's Marine Detachment...

    At least one-quarter of the 39 man Marine detachment were killed instantly in the torpedoing. As McCoy was climbing the ladder from the brig, in fact, his bunk and the entire sleeping area were in flames. Had not he relieved the brig watch ahead of schedule, he would have been incinerated with the others in the blast. (p. 123)

    Thank you CPL Harrell for your service to our country.