John Heller




Age: 86


Summary: retired U.S. Navy veteran and the last known Michigan-born survivor of the USS Indianapolis sinking in 1945 when the ship was struck by a Japanese submarine and sank while it was returning on a secret mission to carry 1/3 of the atomic bomb to the South Pacific Tinian Island during World War II, in which the men were in the shark-infested ocean suffering from dehydration and exposure for five days, including one third of the surviving crew from the U.S.S. Indianapolis mission.



Cause of Death: Natural causes


Born: November 6, 1927


Died: April 2, 2014


Location: Clawson, Michigan