WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest honor, to surviving crew members of the USS Indianapolis.
This is the ship that supplied key components to the first atomic bomb and was later sunk by Japan during World War II.
The ship with 1,195 employees on board delivered enriched uranium and other parts of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in August 1945.
Four days after the delivery of its top-secret cargo, the ship was sunk by Japanese torpedoes.
Of the nearly 900 men who went into the Philippine Sea, only 316 survived.
The death toll of 879 men was the largest single maritime disaster in US Navy history.