The Aug. 21 news article “WWII vet recalls sinking, sea survival,” about finding the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, left out a key player in its history. In the 1990s, Hunter Scott, a middle school student in Pensacola, Fla., presented a project on the USS Indianapolis at a history fair. That project and the questions it raised led him on a seven-year quest to investigate the full story of what had actually happened to the ship and its men.
In October 2000, after being presented with Hunter’s trove of research, Congress passed a resolution stating that Capt. Charles Butler McVay III’s record should state that “he is exonerated for the loss of the Indianapolis.” President Bill Clinton signed the resolution, and, in July 2001, the secretary of the Navy ordered McVay’s record cleared of all wrongdoing. Although several hundred ships were lost during World War II, McVay had been the only commander court-martialed for the sinking of his ship.
Paul L. Newman, Merion Station, Pa.