Dr. Giles McCoy
CPL Giles McCoy survived the July 30, 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis and spent 4½ days lost in the Pacific on a deflated raft without food and water fighting off sharks and hallucinations. Of the approximate 1200 sailors aboard, only 317 survived both the sinking and the time floating in the ocean.
His story and that of the other survivors is depicted in Doug Stanton's In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors.
Keynote Speech presented by Dr. Giles McCoy at the premiere of the documentary film "To Serve and Protect: Stories from WWII" on November 8, 2008