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July 30, 1942 — The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services were a part of of the U.S. Navy.

July 29, 1945 — Near Leyte Gulf, the U.S. heavy cruiser “Indianapolis” was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine. Of the crew of 1,199 men, only 316 survived. Several days earlier, the Indianapolis had delivered the makings for the first atomic bomb to Tinian Island.


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