Exonerate the Captain!

Indianapolis Lynn VincentThis story is about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

A decade of original research and interviews with 107 survivors and eyewitnesses, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the complete story of the ship, her crew, and their final mission to save one of their own.

The authors go beyond the men’s rescue to chronicle Indianapolis’s extraordinary final mission: the survivors’ fifty-year fight for justice on behalf of their skipper, Captain Charles McVay III, who is wrongly court-martialed for the sinking.  Lynn Vincent discusses with host Jim Fausone this unique survivors’ perspectives on this Naval History of WWII.

Higher Education for LCDR(sel) Collazo

Navy Nurse CorpsChristina Collazo is one of the first Navy nurses in a new role aimed at improving health care for the children of military service members. There are few acute care pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP) in the whole Navy. The Navy is sending her to the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) to earn a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

Collazo commissioned June 2009 on the USS Missouri “Mighty Mo” Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Her first and third duty assignments were in Japan, with an in-between assignment in San Diego. In 2011 she was in Japan when the country suffered the dual disaster of an earthquake and massive tsunami. The destruction resulted in the release of radioactive materials from a nuclear power plant. At the time, Collazo was assigned to a labor and delivery unit. LCDR(sel) Collazo explains to host Jim Fausone her growth as a naval officer and a nurse over the last decade.

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