WWII veteran and USS Indianapolis survivor Granville Crane dies
One of three survivors of the torpedo attack on the USS Indianapolis during World War II has died.
Granville Crane was 95 and a resident of Gulfport. He died Wednesday night.
WXXV profiled Crane in 2015 when he visited the movie set of “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” in Mobile, Alabama.
He enlisted in the Navy at 16 in 1943 and served on the USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed in July 1945. Of the nearly 1,200 men aboard the ship, 316 survived the attack.
Crane and 315 others were rescued four days after the Indianapolis sank. He spent those four days praying aloud. After being rescued and returning home, Crane became a pastor and served in that role for 60 years.
“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 said of the rescue.
There are now only two living survivors of the USS Indianapolis.