Erwin Hensch

 

 

Age: 93

 

Summary: retired public works director and survivor of the sinking of USS. Indianapolis during World War II who was among one of 1,200 or so sailors and Marines aboard the ill-fated U.S. Navy ship that had delivered the enriched uranium and other critical components that would be used in the atomic bombs dropped on Japan before he soon found himself flailing in the shark-infested waters among the fewer than 900 initial survivors of the cruiser's sinking when enemy torpedoes slammed into the ship under the darkness in the South Pacific on July 30, 1945 and the disaster remains the Navy's greatest single loss of life at sea.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from Alzheimer's disease

 

Born: March 30, 1920

 

Died: October 15, 2013

 

Location: Crosby, Minnesota