Ok I just had to add something to my previous post regarding another aspect of the Navy's charges against Capt McVay.
The US government in all its infinite wisdom decided that in order to prove their case against Capt McVay they'd bring in a star witness....who was the star witness?? None other than the commander of the Japanese submarine I-58, Mochitsura Hashimoto who was the man who gave the order to fire those 2 torpedos at the USS Indy.
Mochitsura Hashimoto's testimony clearly stated that Capt McVay was not at fault and no matter what pattern Capt McVay had his vessel sail in, the I-58 would still have been able to strike the USS Indy. But regardless of this testimony the US Government still found McVay guilty.
In 1999, when a Japanese journalist was interviewing the elderly Shinto priest about his life and about the sinking of the Indianapolis, she informed him that an effort was being made in the United States Congress to exonerate Captain McVay. Hashimoto told her he would like to help, an offer which was relayed by e-mail to young Hunter Scott in Pensacola, Florida, who suggested that Hashimoto write a letter to Senator John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and passed on Warner's address
The text of that letter follows:
"November 24, 1999
Attn: The Honorable John W. Warner
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee
Russell Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
"I hear that your legislature is considering resolutions which would clear the name of the late Charles Butler McVay III, captain of the USS Indianapolis which was sunk on July 30, 1945, by torpedoes fired from the submarine which was under my command.
I do not understand why Captain McVay was court-martialed. I do not understand why he was convicted on the charge of hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag because I would have been able to launch a successful torpedo attack against his ship whether it had been zigzagging or not.
"I have met may of your brave men who survived the sinking of the Indianapolis. I would like to join them in urging that your national legislature clear their captain's name.
"Our peoples have forgiven each other for that terrible war and its consequences. Perhaps it is time your peoples forgave Captain McVay for the humiliation of his unjust conviction.
former captain of I-58
Japanese Navy at WWII
30 Fukeno Kawa Machi, Umezu
Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 615-0921, Japan"