Local USS Indianapolis Survivor Visits Movie Set

This afternoon, USS Indianapolis survivor and Gulfport resident Granville Crane took his first steps on the set of the movie that is telling the story of his experience in the 1945 attack.
Granville Crane, Gulfport resident and American hero, tells News 25 he has been waiting many years for this movie idea to be a reality. Today, there was a scene shot for the movie and Granville was on set. “Oh, I think it’s great,” he said, “It’s about time.”
Producers of the film ‘USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” expressed their gratitude for the survivors of the 1945 attacked that killed hundreds of Americans. Producer Timothy Cavanaugh said, “Basically, meeting the survivors was great because they had first-hand experience which was terrifying and they helped us really kind of make this screenplay as authentic as possible.”
The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank in 12 minutes. Out of the 1,196 men on board, about 300 went down with the ship. The remainder of the Navy sailors was left floating in shark infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. By the time the survivors were spotted four days later, only 316 men were still alive. “We were happy that our guardian angel spotted us down there in the water, you know, and told the world that we were still alive. That was happiness, happiness,” said Crane.
Producers of the movie hold this story near and dear to their hearts and want audiences everywhere to understand the true message behind this film. “What I like to see everybody take away from this movie when they watch it, is to never forget. Never forget our veterans, never forget the people that fought for what we have today in the United States of America,” said Cavanaugh.

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