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At Last There Is A Decent, Historically Accurate, Dramatic Treatment Of The USS Indianapolis!
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The debut issue of a new online literary magazine, The Remnant Leaf, has as its lead short story a work of historical fiction entitled "Shadow of the Indianapolis," by Tony Held.  I am he, and my story focuses upon Charles Butler McVay III. 

In 1995, when I was fifteen, I read my first book on the Indianapolis, Dan Kurzman's Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis. By the time I turned the last page of his book, I was both deeply moved by McVay's fate and speechless with rage over how he was made the scapegoat for the tragedy. Alas, I did not lend my voice to the campaign led by Hunter Scott to finally clear McVay's name. Personal reasons and other matters got underfoot, and I was barely able to keep track of Hunter's progress, much less lend any assistance by contacting my Congressional representatives.  I have long wanted to do something to honor McVay, and that desire planted the seeds of "Shadow of the Indianapolis."

My short story captures not only McVay's emotional struggle after the sinking but also transports readers to the night the Indianapolis went down.  One of the things I want to do as an author is write stories that bring slices of history to life because I am driven by a desire to know what it felt like to be there. (Michael Shaara, author of my favorite novel, The Killer Angels, a work focusing on the American Civil War as a whole and the battle of Gettysburg in particular, wrote the novel for the same reason.)  McVay may now be a person in an old photograph, but this does not make him less human.  He was as human as you or me, and suffered unfairly for a tragedy whose responsibility rested on the shoulders of another naval officer who escaped any consequences for his blunder: Captain Oliver Naquin.

"Shadow of the Indianapolis" not only was accepted for the debut issue of The Remnant Leaf, it also was "The Editor's Choice" for fiction (though I would like to stress that the only "fiction" in my story is reconstructions based upon in-depth research). The story can be read at:


I welcome constructive feedback. 

-Tony Held


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