Jim Belcher - Surviving the USS Indianapolis and Healing - July 30, 1945, a torpedo from Japanese submarine I-58 sunk the USS Indianapolis. The ship sank in minutes taking a quarter of her crew with her. Among the men that survived, the attack was Jim Belcher. Just over a month later, the war was over, I-59 surrendered and Jim was reassigned to duty in Japan.
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Here's our episode with Harold Bray who is a survivor of the USS Indianapolis' sinking youtu.be/bSuxslPiw2M
When the Indy sank it altered lives, even those that were not born yet. In Japan, Jim met, fell in love with and married a young Japanese girl named Toyoko. This love story resulted in a long marriage and a son named Jim Jr. In 2001 Jim Sr passed away, but Jim Jr was only beginning his journey as part of the Indy's legacy.
Of the 316 that survived, less than 10 are left. Jim looks after the men, their legacy and continues to help keep the story of the Indy alive.
Find out more about USS Indy at: www.ussindianapolis.com
Pete A Turner hosts this ep with special guest host Martin Bennett. Martin is an author who tells a similar story of post-WWII Japanese/American healing and family.
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