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ATP Podcast E027: History Lesson – USS Indianapolis

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Welcome back to the Across The Peak Podcast, the show Where Rich and Justin discuss preparedness, the birds and the bees, guns, history, tattoos, and… well, basically all the stuff your old man shoulda taught you! After a four-year silence we are re-releasing the ATP archive. Here it is, folks, Across The Peak Episode 027: History Lesson – USS Indianapolis! This show was originally released on 01/02/2019.

History Lesson – USS Indianapolis

In case you don’t know, the USS Indianapolis was one of the worst at-sea Naval disasters in history. The Indy was sunk, no one knew where it was when it happened, and their Mayday calls were ignored. The officers and men of the crew endured relentless shark attacks, dehydration, drowning…not the mention the  horrible wounds sustained when the ship went down. This is a piece of history everyone should know about.

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What are you drinking?

Rich’s Drink: Gotta Get Up to Get Down, Baker’s Bourbon
Justin’s Drink: Modelo Negra

The ol’ Good Times Liquor Store – it’s a real place! We mention it several times through the show and I think some people thought it was a joke, but it’s not. It’s also a really, really good liquor store. Believe it or not, I have some pretty good memories of that place. The first time I ever met Rich in person I stopped there to buy him a bottle of Booker’s. He and I have been there a few times together since. And Ky and I stopped there (sometimes more than once) each and every time we visited Rich and Lisa.

Early in this episode Rich mentioned the poem “Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy. He specifically mentions a version read by Sean Connery. Just recently as I was re-listening to this episode I found this poem and it touched me deeply. I hope you enjoy it as well!


Book of the Week:

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs



Listening to this episode reminded me of reading the book. I read the book while on a trip to San Diego to teach a class to some Navy SEALs (the photo below was from the trip out to San Diego, and one that ended up being an Instagram image). As soon as the class was over I headed straight to the airport, in a hurry to get home to Ky and the dogs. After a quick hop to PHX, I spent all night flying and reading this book, gripped by the story.

This is an episode I wanted to approach with great reverence and I feel like Rich and I did a good job with this story. I still strongly recommend Dan Carlin’s telling and I absolutely recommend the book, In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton.

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