Being a teen is rough, but doubly so when you're an orphan.
He was one of the last "lifers" raised in an American orphanage.
On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis, with a crew of 900, was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.
Like many young men in the 1940's, Ed Harrell proudly joined the Marines to fight for his country.
When Ed Harrell heard the orders to abandon ship he had no idea what the next few days had in store for him--dehydration, shark attacks, oil burns, hunger.
Imagine yourself floating in the ocean, with your friends dying all around you.