The loss of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) in the waning days of World War II was a singular tragedy that has lingered in U.S. naval memory (and popular lore). The recent spectacular discovery of the long-sought wreck of the “Indy” (see “Dispelling Myths of the Indianapolis,” pp. 43–47) provides at least some modicum of closure to the infamous disaster. The U.S. Naval Institute Oral History Collection contains some interesting perspectives regarding the fate of the Indianapolis. In his memoir, Captain Paul R. Schratz recalls postwar discussions in Sasebo, Japan, with the Japanese sub skipper who sank the heavy cruiser:
We went to Sasebo, where I took command of His Imperial Majesty’s Ship I-203, a high-speed attack submarine just then completing sea trials. Then later I added to my command a division of ex-Japanese submarines, including the I-58, in which Captain [Mochitsura] Hashimoto had sunk the Indianapolis.