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USS Indianapolis survivor dies; only 7 remain

Robert “Bob” Witzig had served aboard the ship for an extensive time prior to the sinking.
Credit: USS Indianapolis Official/Facebook
Robert Witzig

INDIANAPOLIS — One of the last remaining USS Indianapolis survivors passed away Tuesday. Robert “Bob” Witzig, 96, had served aboard the ship for an extensive time prior to the sinking.

A post about his passing said that, in recent years, he reconnected with other survivors by attending the annual reunions. 

With Witzig's passing, there are only seven remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis sinking.

It is very sad news that we share USS Indianapolis survivor Robert “Bob” Witzig passed away earlier this evening. Bob...

Posted by USS Indianapolis on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Witzig's passing is the fourth death this year among the USS Indianapolis survivors including the oldest surviving member, Jim Jarvis, who passed away at the age of 98.

A Japanese Navy submarine sunk the USS Indianapolis in July 1945. Around 300 people went down with the ship. The remaining 890 faced dehydration and shark attacks while stranded out in the ocean.