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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

They delivered the bomb, but paid a price

Fifty-nine years ago Wednesday marked the beginning of what one survivor called “the largest casualty at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy," the sinking of the Indianapolis.

From the Bristol Herald Courier…

There were 1,196 men on the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945, when it was attacked 14 minutes after midnight. The boat had delivered to the U.S. air base on Tinian Island crucial parts of the first atomic bomb dropped in combat and was 500 miles off the Philippines coast when it went down, Harrell said.

No one noticed the boat was missing, and of the 900 men who survived the attack, only 317 remained alive when they were rescued five days later. After the attack, Harrell and 79 other men linked their life jackets together and waited for help to arrive. When it finally did, only 17 of the group were still alive.

Though not 100% accurate, in the movie “Jaws,” Quint, played by the late Robert Shaw gives one of the film’s best scenes.


 

 

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