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WWII Veteran Has Not Seen Family Since 1981

Chasen Hamilton, News Editor

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It was July of 1945 when two Japanese torpedoes hit the USS Indianapolis. Men were shrieking as they were burned alive from the aftermath of the fuel tank explosion. Their ship started to sink moments after the torpedo hit. Some of the 300 killed went down with the ship while the survivors of the ship waited for rescue. For five nights and four days survivors floated in the South Pacific Ocean waiting to be rescued. Survivors with injuries wouldn’t last long because of sharks would find them as a tasty meal. Out of the 900 survivors only about 300 survived long enough to be rescued. A.C “Tony” King was one of those survivors 

King later left the Navy and married a Catholic girl who had died too soon. His last memory of his family was buying his 12-year-old niece a dress and an ice cream. He would usually write to his family two or three times a year. Then in 1980 the letters stopped and James “Dale” Bogard’s mother tried to find King. According to Ryan Summers, “My father dropped him off at the airport and the last time anybody knew his whereabouts.” Then an important date of August 19, 2017, Co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen discovered the wreckage. Later an USS Indianapolis Survivor Organization was held and Harold Bray a survivor of the ship met A.C King which he never knew on the ship. A few weeks after the organization, CNN helped unite a reunion with his nieces and nephews and Bray for his 92nd birthday. 

In conclusion, King was one of the lucky ones to survive the shipwreck of the USS Indianapolis. Also, the fact that he got to see his family for once in 36 years for his 92nd birthday. To add, we should appreciate the people who are fighting for this country as they risk their lives for us to live with freedom and happiness.

 

 

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