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'Indianapolis' resolves a long uncertain World War II tragedy

For the United States Navy, World War II began and ended with a disaster.  America was plunged into the global conflict, of course, with the December 7, 1941 attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor.  Much less well known but also shocking was the sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis as she steamed through the Philippines Sea in the closing days of the war. 

As with the attack on Pearl Harbor, the loss of the Indianapolis has been clouded in mystery and controversy, leading both conspiracy buffs and historians to pour over the records in an effort to understand what

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