"No Escort Needed!"

This is a play about ego, hubris, greed and dishonesty. It begins with the sinking of the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945 between Guam and the Philippines by a Japanese submarine. Without the upper naval command knowing of the sinking it took six days before there was acknowledgement of the sinking and that was by accident. From that moment on the upper command must find a reason to explain to the American people why this sinking happened knowing the USS Indianapolis sailed without escort. This begins the inexorable attempt from the office of Admiral Ernest King and the Secretary of the Navy James Forestall to find a person or persons to blame for this blunder. The rallying cry is to save the face of the Navy. Using Shakespearean like tactics Admiral King focuses on the captain of the Indianapolis, Captain McVay to be the scapegoat based on his lingering dislike of McVay's father an admiral that gave him a severe reprimand early in his career.

It ultimately ends with the court martial of Captain McVay. The trial is weighted on the side of the Navy. During this tumultuous trial new evidence is shown to prove to the world that McVay is innocent. But the Admiral chooses to bring the commander of the Japanese submarine to be a witness for the prosecution even with the uproar of the American people. Underhanded tactics by the prosecution and the upper command makes public the Navy's intent to place blame where it shouldn't.

The play is based on fact and some of the characters are real as others are fictional. The  dialogue is an artistic interpretation of those facts. Research for this piece was supported by one of the survivors Ensign Harlan Twible the father of an actress I worked with during my career as an actor. He is now 93 years young and an honorable friend! Too much was said about the sharks and nothing said about the guilt of the upper command. He still bristles when Admiral King is mentioned seventy one years later.


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