Thanks DN for this piece.Another treatment of this topic is Doug
Stanton's... In Harms Way.Edgar Harrell CPL USMC is listed
among the survivors in Stanton's book.An interesting aspect of
this story related to CPL Harrell's Marine Detachment...At
least one-quarter of the 39 man Marine detachment were killed instantly in the
torpedoing. As McCoy was climbing the ladder from the brig, in fact, his bunk
and the entire sleeping area were in flames. Had not he relieved the brig watch
ahead of schedule, he would have been incinerated with the others in the blast.
(p. 123)Thank you CPL Harrell for your service to our country.
Such a great, inspiring story from a man who tells it from his heart. I
treasure every moment that I get to spend with Ed Harrell and I'm excited
to see him next month at his USS Indianapolis reunion. Buy his book and if you
have the chance to see him tell his story in person, DO NOT MISS IT. His
account is a powerful, emotional one. Kudos to this great man and his
shipmates. The Survivors and Lost At Sea crewmen will never be forgotten again,
like they were for those horrible days in 1945.