Charles Butler McVay, III, USN

Born  30 Jul 1898
Died  6 Nov 1968(70)

Ranks

  Capt.
1949 Rear-Admiral

Retired: 1949


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Charles Butler McVay, III, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Indianapolis (CA 35)Capt.Heavy cruiser18 Nov 194430 Jul 1945

Career information

Charles B. McVay III was one of 316 survivors of the loss off the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis on 30 July 1945. The Navy failed to even register that the ship and its 1196 man crew were missing, let alone mount a proper search until 5 days after the sinking.

He was the only US navy commander to be court-martialed for loosing his ship in the war.

Charles Butler McVay III took his own life with his service revolver on 6 Nov 1968 after being hounded by relatives of men lost from sinking of his cruiser USS Indianapolis over 20 years earlier. He was officially exonerated in the year 2000 through efforts from survivors of the USS Indianapolis.

Events related to this officer

Heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35)


31 Mar 1945
Seriously Damaged by Japanese Kamikaze off Okinawa.9 of her crew were killed and 26 were wounded.

30 Jul 1945
She was hit by two torpedoes at 12:05 am, one blowing off most of her bow, where the officers slept. About 900 of the 1,196 on board survived the sinking, which lasted 12 minutes. 316 would later survive the dehydration, the sharks, and the heat. The ships commanding officer, Capt. McVay survived, only to commit suicide in 1968 by reasons of receiving hate mail. The survivors attend a reunion every 5 years, starting in 1960. (1)

Media links


Left for dead

Pete Nelson


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The Tragic Fate of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

Lech, Raymond B.


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In Harm's Way

Stanton, Doug


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Ordeal by Sea

Helm, Thomas


Abandon Ship!

Newcomb, Richard F.


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Sources

  1. Personal communication


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