Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Edgar Harrell, USMC, is one man’s account of five days adrift at sea after his ship was torpedoed by the Japanese. Once a part of a crew of nearly 1200 men, Harrell was one of just over 300 who lived through this tragedy. It was his courage and unwavering faith in God that helped him survive dehydration, salt-water poisoning, shark-infested waters, and his own weariness. Yet, when he returned home he found his ordeal far from over.
Out of the Depths is a quick but necessary read. It was a riveting and amazing tale from beginning to end. It is a story of courage and cover-up, of sacrifice and selflessness, and it is impossible not to see God’s hand of provision and protection as the story unfolds. But it is far more than just inspirational. As a history major, I enjoyed every minute of it. It included much about World War Two I never knew. This is a story that needs to be told and is a must-read for any student of history, as well as anyone interested in the Providence of God in the affairs of men. I give Out of the Depths five stars.
I would like to thank Mr. Harrell and his fellow sailors and marines for their service and sacrifice against incredible odds. These men and the other servicemen of World War II need to be remembered for generations to come, because it was through their valiant efforts that our freedom was preserved.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.