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MECC Foundation to Host Living Legends Series
Posted Date: 10/27/2014
Edgar HarrellBig Stone Gap, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that Edgar Harrell, survivor of the USS Indianapolis, will deliver a free, public lecture as part of the college’s Living Legends Series.
MECC’s Living Legends Series is held annually in recognition of Veteran’s Day. This year’s event will be Wednesday, November 19 at 11 a.m. in the Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall. In addition to Harrell’s lecture, WWII memorabilia will be displayed. Harrell will also sign copies of a book about his experiences, titled, Out of the Depths.
Harrell is one of 317 men who survived the catastrophic sinking of the USS Indianapolis by the Japanese on July 30, 1945 in a location between Guam and the Philippines. Of the 1,196 men aboard, an estimated 900 sailors and Marines entered the water. Due to a series of Navy debacles, no one knew of their plight. Five horrifying days later, 317 men who had survived the terror of shark attacks, hypothermia, severe dehydration and salt-water hallucinations, were accidentally spotted and rescued.
For more information on this lecture, please contact MECC Assistant History Professor Mike Strouth at 276.523.2400 or by email at
-MECC Foundation-