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FATAL VOYAGE The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Dan Kurzman 8 September 2000 The United States Navys core values are based on Honor Courage and Commitment These three basic principles have laid the foundation for the continued success of the Navy and has enabled us to meet and conquer every new challenge Honor - true faith and allegiance conducting ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships with peers superiors and subordinates Abide by an uncompromising code of integrity taking responsibility for our actions and keeping our word Courage - support and defend make decisions in the best interest of the Navy and the nation without regard to personal consequences Be loyal to our nation ensuring the resources entrusted to us are used in an honest careful and efficient way Commitment - obey the orders demand respect up and down the chain of command Show respect to all people without regard to race religion or gender Be committed to positive change and constant improvement Fatal Voyage displayed countless examples of all of the above principles From the Commanding Officer of the USS Indianapolis Captain McVay to the Japanese I-58 Commander Hashimoto and both of their crews these core values were exemplified with pride and professionalism Commander Hashimoto demonstrated honor throughout the book He served his Emperor with true faith and allegiance He and his crew dedicated themselves to their mission even when a majority of them new that the fight would soon be over and not in the favor of the Japanese Captain McVay a very proud man from a long history of Navy tradition showed immense honor after his ship was sunk From a floating crate Captain McVay sat looking around at
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