L.D. Cox has been a personal friend of mine for some years now. I have listened to his story, recorded his story, seen his story re-enacted, and even performed his story…and I never tire of hearing it. In fact, I surprised myself by tearing up during the filming of this interview. Why? I guess for just a moment I could literally feel the terror that had to have almost suffocated that long ago nineteen-year-old boy as he floated in those shark-infested waters. My tears were not for my friend, L.D., but for the boy, Loel Dean Cox, who hailed from Sidney, Texas…just a country boy who went off to do what Uncle Sam asked of him. Of course, he had no way of knowing that his would become a mission that would live on in infamy, and yet, at 12:14 a.m. on the morning of July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The ship turned death trap sank in twelve minutes.
L.D. also had no way of knowing that for some reason, of the 1,197 men serving with him on the Indianapolis, only 317 would live to tell their story and that he would be one of that number. But for some reason, he was, and he has spent a lifetime keeping alive the events of those fateful days and the memories of those who didn’t live to tell their own stories.
If you have questions or would like to send a request for L.D. to speak to your group, please click here to send me an email, I will be glad to give him your contact information. Also, if you did not catch the reference to the USS Indianapolis toward the end of the first Jaws movie, I would suggest that you watch it again!
Here are 17 episodes of LD Cox. Enjoy and let us know what you think!