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‘The Sharks Took the Rest’ — WWII Marine Tells True Tale of ‘Jaws’ Horror Story

By Mac Caltrider | November 30, 2021

“Eleven-hundred men went into the water; 316 men came out. The sharks took the rest.” Robert Shaw utters that line toward the end of his haunting monologue — one of the best movie moments of the last 50 years — in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 horror classic, Jaws. Portraying legendary shark hunter Quint, Shaw recounts the tragic horror that befell US sailors after a Japanese submarine torpedoed and sank the USS Indianapolis just after midnight on July 30, 1945.

Often regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made, Jaws became the first real blockbuster when it surpassed $100 million at the box office. With groundbreaking special effects, ingenious use of point-of-view camera shots, and a notoriously finicky mechanical shark named Bruce, Jaws still manages to make beachgoers wary of circling fins. But the story Quint tells his Jaws-hunting colleagues as they float on the open ocean is even more horrifying because it’s true.   
In a recent video uploaded to YouTube by Memoirs of WWII, Marine Cpl. Edgar Harrell recounts the real tale of the USS Indianapolis and the suffering its crew endured as they floated helplessly in the open ocean for days as swarms of sharks fed on survivors.
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A feat of endurance (and some luck) unimaginable for any but the survivors.  :patriot:
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