Oldest survivor of USS Indianapolis dies aged 98

Don Howison, who was the oldest survivor and last living officer of the USS Indianapolis, passed away on Friday aged 98

Don Howison, who was the oldest survivor and last living officer of the USS Indianapolis, passed away on Friday aged 98

The oldest survivor and last living officer of the USS Indianapolis that was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in a horror attack 75 years ago has died aged 98.

Don Howison passed away on Friday, according to the official Facebook page of the USS Indianapolis naval ship.

'It brings us great sadness to share that Don Howison, the oldest remaining survivor, and the last living officer of USS Indianapolis, has passed away,' the post said. 

'Don was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor and outlook on life. Rest In Peace, sailor. You will not be forgotten.'

There are now just 10 survivors of USS Indianapolis that are still living.

Howison's death comes after he gave a harrowing interview last year describing the horrors of watching his crewmates drown and get eaten alive by sharks after the USS Indianapolis sunk. 

The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles east of the Philippines, just after midnight on July 30, 1945.

There were 1,200 men on board at the time and about a quarter of them sunk with the ship, which had just completed a mission to deliver parts for the atomic bomb that would help end World War II. 

Howison's death comes after he gave a harrowing interview last year describing the horrors of watching his crewmates drown and get eaten alive by sharks after the USS Indianapolis sunk. Pictured above is survivors being rushed to hospital after the attack

Howison's death comes after he gave a harrowing interview last year describing the horrors of watching his crewmates drown and get eaten alive by sharks after the USS Indianapolis sunk. Pictured above is survivors being rushed to hospital after the attack

The USS Indianapolis (pictured in 1944) was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles east of the Philippines, just after midnight on July 30, 1945

The USS Indianapolis (pictured in 1944) was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles east of the Philippines, just after midnight on July 30, 1945

There were 1,200 men on board at the time and about a quarter of them sunk with the ship. The rest were left struggling to stay afloat in the water as they battled dehydration and shark attacks for five horrific days. Only 317 men survived

There were 1,200 men on board at the time and about a quarter of them sunk with the ship. The rest were left struggling to stay afloat in the water as they battled dehydration and shark attacks for five horrific days. Only 317 men survived

The rest were left struggling to stay afloat in the water as they

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