I am presenting this information for a near life long friend.  Mr. Russell J. Ford and his wife Carolyn were my Sunday school teachers in Okla. City in the late 1950's.  I moved away in 1966 and they moved to Wichita Falls, Texas a year or so later.  I kept in touch with them by Christmas card all these years.

I recently discovered that Mr. Ford was in the Navy and served in the Pacific during WWII.  After discovering this I visited Mr. and Mr. Ford and made a tape recording of his Navy service experiences.  Mr. Ford was involved in the landings at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and at Okinawa.

At that time I found out about this story involving the Japanese sinking of the USS Indianapolis.  Only 316 of 1,199 crew members survived.

Here is Mr. Ford's story.

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