Giles McCoy

 

 

Age: 83

 

Summary: U.S. Navy captain who joined the Marines at age 17 to fight in World War II and was among approximately 316 out of 1,196 crewman aboard the cruiser USS Indianapolis who survived when it was torpedoed and sunk after delivering atomic bomb parts that helped to end the war in Japan, but who survived five days clinging to a life raft in the water as sharks attacked men around him, in what has been described as the worst single-incident sea disaster in U.S. naval history.

 

 

Cause of Death: Prostate cancer

 

Born: March 30, 1926

 

Died: April 30, 2009

 

Location: Palm Coast, Florida