In Harms Way

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Connor Chick Lynn Haggitt English 200 Journal 3 In Harm’s Way- Part 3 “Rescue” 1. One of the charges against Captain McVay III was he did not call to abandon ship in a timely manner. In reading the evidence against him, do you believe this is a viable charge? Why didn’t he call for “abandon ship” after the first torpedo? One of the charges against McVay was failure to abandon ship in a timely manner, which he was acquitted of. I do not believe this was a viable charge because McVay didn’t have enough time to call for an “abandon ship”. The USS Indianapolis sank in a mere 12 minutes, giving him almost no time to react. McVay only had time to react by abandoning the ship himself. 2. Define the term “scapegoat”. Why did the navy make Captain McVay III the scapegoat for this disaster? The term scapegoat is used to describe someone who is made to bear the blame for others. McVay was used as a scapegoat by the Navy because they needed to place the blame upon someone other than themselves and McVay seemed to be the perfect candidate. The navy also had failed to utilize their intelligence in ways of communication such as the top secret ULTRA. 3. After all the evidence was presented, the testimony of the surviving sailors, the testimony of the Japanese submarine commander, and all the information finally released about the naval errors, why did the government still refuse to exonerate Captain McVay? What was he actually found guilty of, and do you agree or disagree? After all of this information was released, the government still refused to exonerate McVay because the U.S. Navy’s judge advocate general stated, “The conclusion reached in that Captain McVay’s court-martial was legally sound.” McVay was found guilty of “hazardizing his ship by failure to zigzag”. I disagree with this conclusion; several sources have made it clear the ship’s fate was sealed
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