Out of the Depths

An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

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The Inspiring True Story of a World War II Hero's Miraculous Survival at Sea

July 30, 1945--The USS Indianapolis is making its way through the South Pacific, unescorted, assured by headquarters the waters are safe. Fresh off a top-secret mission to deliver uranium for the atomic bombs that would ultimately end World War II, Marine Edgar Harrell and his shipmates are unaware their ship is being watched. Minutes later, six torpedoes are slicing toward the Indy . . .

For five horrifying days and nights after their ship went down, Harrell and his shipmates had to fend for themselves in the open seas. Plagued by dehydration, exposure, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks, their numbers were cruelly depleted before they were miraculously rescued. This is one man's story of courage, ingenuity, and faith in God's providence in the midst of the worst naval disaster in U.S. history.


"A harrowing account of the sacrifice of sailors and Marines who fought and died for their country, so we could live. It is a story you should not and will not ever forget."

Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., RAdm, USN (Ret.)

"A gripping tale of men tested beyond anything they thought possible--and how they responded with bravery, endurance, and faith."

Oliver L. North, Lt. Col., USMC (Ret.)

The Authors

  1. Edgar Harrell USMC

    Edgar Harrell USMC

    Edgar Harrell, USMC (Ret.), owned and operated a distributorship for the Pella Window Company in Rock Island, Illinois, for thirty-five years, served for fifteen years on the board of Moody Bible Institute, and has been a lay minister throughout his adult life...

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  2. David Harrell

    David Harrell

    David Harrell is currently the senior pastor-teacher of Calvary Bible Church (www.cbctn.org), where he has served since 1997. His Bible expositions are heard and read regularly around the world over the Internet and broadcasted over the radio. He is also the...

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