Out of the Depths
By Edgar Harrell, USMC
with David Harrell
An unforgettable WWII story
of survival, courage, and the sinking of
The USS Indianapolis
Out of the Depths is a true story. This is one man's recollection of the events surrounding the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in July 1945.
This was a time of war, but the USS Indianapolis was assured the waters were safe and so was sailing the South Pacific unescorted. But assurances were of little value when your ship comes under attack by a Japanese submarine.
As Edgar Harrell put it he was face-to-face with my mortality (pg 67) and he prayed because there was no one to help him, no one but the Savior of his soul. And as the security of the ship slipped away he turned to God. So began a 5 day struggle as he and his fellow shipmates struggle to survive the dangers of both the ocean and the elements
This is one story that will leave an impact on your life. There are pictures from the time of the book throughout adding to the reality the author portrays with his words. And there remarks and remembrances from other survivors every few pages. This book will move you to tears at places it is that powerful.
Sometimes it is hard to comprehend the truth of despair those who survive might have felt, but this book helps one grasp some of these feelings. It is amazing how many said this time of trial made them cry out to God in prayer for deliverance.
This would be an excellent addition to any library. It would also make for an interesting Book Club discussion title.
I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.