The USS Indianapolis was laid down in 1930. It was a monster of a warship, a 9,800-ton Portland Class heavy cruiser that operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of the war. Over the course of WWII, it earned a whopping 10 battle stars and was one of the ships sent out to enact revenge on the bombers of Pearl Harbor.
In 1945, the Indianapolis was sent out from the naval yard in San Francisco to the remote island of Tinian, which contained the busiest air-base in the Pacific. The cargo they were transporting was sealed in a large wooden crate and the contents of the crate were completely secret: even from the crew…