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Telegram to Mrs. Haynes regarding condition of her husband following his rescue.  Provided by BUMED Archives.

Photo collection of survivors of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), taken at U.S. Naval Base Hospital No. 20, Peleliu, 5 August 1945. Images from 80-G-336761 through 80-G-336800, Box 1269, National Archives II, College Park, MD.

Photos taken by Bureau of Aeronautics and marked "No Objection to Publication on Grounds of Military Service," 10 November 1950.

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Lieutenant Commander Lewis Haynes, USN 

"I started out trying to go to the forward ladder to go up on the fo'c'sle deck, There was a lot of fire coming up through the deck right in front of the dentist's room. That's when I realized I couldn't go forward and turned to go aft. As I did, I slipped and fell, landing on my hands. I got third degree burns on my hands -- my palms and all the tips of my fingers. I still have the scars. I was barefooted and the soles of my feet were burned off."

[Excerpt from Lt. Comdr. Haynes' Oral History]

 

Mrs. Haynes received this telegram concerning the condition of her husband--BUMED Archives
Mrs. Haynes received this telegram concerning the condition of her husband--BUMED Archives

Western Union

Mrs. Elizabeth Dodge Haynes

A Report just received shows your husband Lieutenant Commander Lewis Leavitt Haynes USN has been wounded in action 30 July 1945.  Diagnosis exhaustion from overexposure prognosis good.  Your anxiety is appreciated and you will be furnished details when received.  You are assured that he is receiveing the best possible medical care and I join in the wish for his speedy recovery.  Communications may be addressed to him care US Base Hospital #18 Navy #926 FPO SanFrancisco California. To prevent [document ends

Lt. Comdr. Lewis L. Haynes, USN 80-G-336763
Lt. Comdr. Haynes in Peleliu Base Hospital 5 August 1945. Photo taken by Bureau of Aeronautics, from NARA II, College Park.
Published: Fri Jul 08 15:44:37 EDT 2016