Monthly Archives: May, 2015

USS Indianapolis Survivor Edgar Harrell 5-16-2015 “You are Invited”











Come and meet an American Hero, Saturday May 16th 2015 @ Unity Free Will Baptist Church @ 1901 Florence Rd.  Mr. Edgar Harrell has graciously accepted my invitation to come and share his story with  us this Saturday.  Mr. Harrell has already booked over 150 events this year.  He has a story that needs to be heard by our generation.  I read his book last year, call “Out of the Depths,” and to be frank with you, I couldn’t put it down.  He shared details of that horrific day when the USS Indianapolis was attacked by a Japanease submarine.  I want to invite you and your family, especially your children, to be part of this special day.  A love offering will be taken at the end of Mr. Harrells presentation to offset his cost.  He has a team of people that travel with him, including a retired Lieutenant Colonel.  I will see you on Saturday.    Thank you and God Bless you.         

“Out of the Depths”

Where can I go from Thy Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Thy presence?
If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Thy hand will lead me,
And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.
Psalm 139:7-10


Dedicated to my shipmates, the crew of the USS Indianapolis.
—Ed Harrell, USMC

On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis departed from San Francisco for the American B-29 base on Tinian island with a top-secret cargo that would ultimately put an end to World War II—components for the first operational atomic bombs. After a record run, covering 5,300 miles in only ten days, the Indianapolis successfully delivered her cargo on July 26, 1945, and was ordered to set a course from Guam to the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan. Traveling unescorted, at fourteen minutes past midnight on July 30, 1945, she was hit by two Japanese torpedoes midway between Guam and Leyte, sending her to a watery grave in twelve minutes. Of the 1,196 men aboard, about 900 sailors and Marines entered the water. Due to a series of Navy debacles, no one knew of their plight. Five horrifying days later, 317 men who had survived the terror of shark attacks, hypothermia, severe dehydration and salt-water hallucinations, were accidentally spotted and rescued.

Date: Saturday May 16, 2015

Time : 9:30 A.M.

Location : Unity Free Will Baptist Church 1901 Florence Rd.

Landmark:  If you are leaving station 5, turn left on Florence Rd., after you cross the I-840 bridge, the church is on the right.  

I’LL SEE YOU SATURDAY!!             Have a blessed week.