The Short Life of a Valiant Ship by Barry Friedman
Approx. 30,820 words.
Published on March 27, 2011.
On October 15, 1942 the destroyer USS Meredith, and the tug USS Vireo, were attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft carrier planes. For four days, the survivors floated in oil-covered waters, and watched helplessly while their comrades died or drowned or were devoured by sharks. Only ninety-six of the 329 crewmen of both ships, survived to be rescued