A Real War Story

| November 9, 2019

This is a brief biography of World War II Photographers Mate First Class Alfred Sedivi, who enlisted in the Navy at the ripe old age of 26, and was aboard the Indianapolis when she was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese I-58 submarine.


PH1 Sedivi was smart enough to send prints of his work home to his family, who kept it. Unfortunately, photo emulsions deteriorate over time. Prints will stick together and have to be carefully handled to avoid damages. But  many of them survived and some 1,650 of PH1 Alf Sedivi’s photos are in the article. PH1 Sedivi’s niece, Nickie Lancaster, donated them to the US Naval Institute’s historical collection. There is a brief showcase of PH1 Sedivi’s work at the bottom of the article. The last photo in the group is a self-portrait of PH1 Sedivi, who was in Indianapolis’s darkroom processing film when the ship was torpedoed and sank.

1,199 men were aboard the ship. 316 survived. Fair winds and following seas, sailors….

Category: Navy

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    Great article, Ex. Thanks!

  2. 2banana says:

    One of the best scenes of a movie – ever.

    Jaws: The U.S.S. Indianapolis Speech


  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Excellent! Heroes, one and all. Thanks Ex. I knew the basics of the Indianapolis and McVay story but not of PH1 Sedivi.

    Kudos to the organization for preserving his work.