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CBN NewsWatch: May 16, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, May 16: S. Sudan cease-fire in shambles after 48 hours, SunTrust cuts ties with Benhams after HGTV flap, and So. Calif. fires resurge, forcing residents to flee, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," DEATH SENTENCE

IN SUDAN.

WHY ONE WOMAN MAY BE KILLED

FOR HER FAITH.

PLUS, GAY MARRIAGE IN

AMERICA.

A LOOK AT HOW VIEWS ON THE

ISSUE HAVE SHIFTED OVER THE

LAST 10 YEARS.

AND THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF

SURVIVAL FROM ONE WORLD WAR

II VETERAN.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

SENTENCED TO DIE ALL BECAUSE

SHE WON'T RENOUNCE HER

FAITH.

THAT'S WHAT ONE PREGNANT

WOMAN IN SUDAN IS FACING.

A COURT THERE HAS SENTENCED

HER TO HANG FOR BEING A

CHRISTIAN.

DALE HURD HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: PROTESTORS

GATHERED OUTSIDE A COURT IN

SUDAN'S CAPITAL AFTER THE

WOMAN WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH

FOR REFUSING TO RECANT HER

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

26-YEAR-OLD MARIAM IBRAHIM

WAS CONVICTED OF APOSTASY ON

SUNDAY, AND GIVEN FOUR DAYS

TO REPENT AND ESCAPE DEATH,

ACCORDING TO HER LAWYER.

SHE WAS BORN A MUSLIM, BUT

MARRIED A CHRISTIAN MAN.

THE COURT ALSO ORDERED THAT

IBRAHIM BE GIVEN ONE HOAR

LASHES FOR ILLEGITIMATE SEX,

FOR HAVING SEXUAL RELATIONS

WITH HER CHRISTIAN HUSBAND,

DANIEL WANI.

WANI IS A U.S. CITIZEN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE

PROSECUTOR SAID THEY WERE

GIVEN AMPLE TIME TO PROVE

THEIR INNOCENCE.

BUT I BELIEVE IN UP HOLDING

OUR TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS

AS SUDANESE.

BUT THE COURT HAS NO

APPEARANCE FOR JUSTICE OR

RESPECT FOR FREEDOM OF

CHOICE FOR ONE'S BELIEF,

PERSONALLY OR RELIGIONLY.

TINA SAYS THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT HAS NOT BEEN

HELPFUL IN THIS CASE.

THERE IS A HUGE FAILURE

ON THE PART OF THE UNITED

STATES.

THE HUSBAND, DANIEL, HAD

BEEN TRYING TO GET A VISA

FOR HIS WIFE AND CHILD TO

COME TO THE U.S. PRIOR TO

THIS.

THERE ARE MANY PROBLEMS.

Reporter: IF THERE IS

ANY GOOD NEWS, THERE IS

STILL TIME TO SAVE MIRIAM'S

LIFE.

THERE IS AN APPEAL THAT

COULD TAKES YEARS.

THEY WON'T SENTENCE HER TO

DEATH WHILE SHE IS CARRYING

A CHILD.

Mark: A CIVIL WAR IS

PLUNGING THE WORLD'S HUGE

NATION INTO A HUMANITARIAN

NATION.

SOUTH SUDAN IS FACING NEW

FIGHTING, WHICH BROKE OUT 48

HOURS AFTER THE WARING SIDES

HAVE AGREED TO A

CEASE-FIRE.

THE WARRING HAS LEFT MANY

WITHOUT ACCESS TO BASIC

HUMANITARIAN AID.

THIS WAS MY HOME.

IT WAS BURNED BY THE

SOLDIERS.

THEY KILLED THREE OF MY

CHILDREN AND THEY TOOK ALL

OF THE SORGAM GRAIN AND

WHATEVER WE HAD IN OUR

HOUSE.

NOW WE ARE LEFT TO DIE

WITHOUT ANY FOOD, WATER OR

SHELTER.

THEY HAVE TAKEN AWAY

EVERYTHING.

Mark: THE DETERIORATING

SITUATION IS INCREASING

CONCERNS AMONG AID WORKERS

THAT FAMINE WILL SOON SET

IN.

MORE THAN 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE

HAVE FLED THEIR HOMES SINCE

VIOLENCE BROKE U OUT IN

DECEMBER.

NIGERIA'S PRESIDENT HAS

CANCELLED A TRIP TO THE TOWN

BEFORE NEARLY 300 SCHOOL

GIRLS WERE ABDUCTED BY BOKO

HARAM.

THAT DECISION IS BECAUSE OF

GROWING SECURITY CONCERNS.

NOW THE U.S. STATE

DEPARTMENT IS FINALLY MAKING

THE RADICAL ISLAMIC GROUP A

TOP PRIORITY.

REPUBLICANS ARE CRITICIZING

HILLARY CLINTON FOR NOT

MAKING THE DESIGNATION TWO

YEARS AGO WHEN SHE WAS

SECRETARY OF STATE.

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS

TOLD THEM EARILER IT IS

IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY IF EARLIER

STEPS WOULD HAVE HAD A BIG

IMPACT ON DETERRING THE

GROUP.

THIS SIX FOOT BY 12-FOOT

SIGN SITS ON JEANETTE

GOLDEN'S LAND FACING HIGHWAY

21.

THE STATE WANTS HER TO TAKE

IT DOWN BECAUSE THE SIGN IS

ON A ROAD THAT IS PROHIBITED

FROM HAVING SIGNAGE AT ALL.

THE LIBERTY INSTITUTE ISSUED

A LETTER TO THE DEPARTMENT

SAYING THEIR REQUEST

VIOLATES MRS. GOLDEN'S RIGHT

TO FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS

EXPRESSION.

AND IT IS CALLING ON THE

DEPARTMENT TO CANCEL ITS

REMOVAL ORDER.

IT HAS BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE FIRST

BECAME LEGAL IN THE STATE OF

MASSACHUSETTS.

SINCE THEN ACCEPTANCE OF GAY

MARRIAGE HAS GROWN ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

17 STATES IN THE DISTRICT OF

COLUMBIA NOW ALLOW SAME-SEX

COUPLES TO WED.

30 STATES HAVE APPROVED

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE.

BUT JUDGES IN SEVEN OF THEM

HAVE STRUCK DOWN THOSE

CONSTITUTIONAL BANS.

RECENT POLLS SHOW 53% OF

AMERICANS NOW SUPPORT GAY

MARRIAGE.

10 YEARS AGO, THAT NUMBER

WAS 30%.

WE TURN NOW TO CHRIS PLANT

FROM THE NATIONAL

ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE.

CHRIS, DO YOU THINK AMERICA

HAS REALLY BECOME MORE

ACCEPTING OF GAY MARRIAGE,

OR ARE ADVOCATES JUST DOING

A BETTER JOB PUSHING THEIR

AGENDA?

I THINK THEY'RE DOING A

BETTER JOB PUSHING THEIR

AGENDA.

LET'S LOOK AT THE COUNTRY AS

A WHOLE, WHERE 31 STATES

HAVE STILL DEFINED MARRIAGE

AS ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN BY

POPULAR VOTE.

AND THEN YOU HAVE SEVERAL

OTHER STATES THAT HAVE

LAWS.

SO OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS,

THERE REALLY HASN'T BEEN

THAT MUCH OF A CHANGE.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF

AMERICANS BELIEVE MARRIAGE

IS ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

Mark: WHAT ARE ARE THE

MOST SIGNIFICANT SOCIETAL

CHANGES YOU'VE SEEN IN THE

PAST YEARS, SINCE

MASSACHUSETTS LEGALIZED GAY

MARRIAGE?

WHAT YOU SEE IS A VERY

RICH, DEEP-POCKETED ELITE

WORKING WITH HOLLYWOOD AND

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO PUSH

THE IDEA THAT SAME-SEX

MARRIAGE IS NORMAL.

THAT THE IDEA THAT MEN AND

WOMEN ARE INTERCHANGEABLE,

AND SO YOU HAVE A RADICAL

AGENDA TO PUSH THIS SOCIAL

EXPERIMENT ON ALL

AMERICANS.

AND YET AMERICANS HAVE STOOD

FIRM, FOR THE MOST PART, AND

THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM

STILL STAND FOR MARRIAGE AS

ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN,

DESPITE THE EFFORT OF

MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND THE

DEEP-POCKETED ELITES.

Mark: CHRIS, DO YOU

THINK IT IS INEVITABLE THAT

GAY MARRIAGE WILL BECOME A

NORM IN AMERICA?

IT IS NOT INEVITABLE AT

ALL.

WE HAVE THE VAST MAJORITY OF

STATES DEFINING MARRIAGE AS

ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

AND IN MANY CASES WHERE

MARRIAGE HAS BEEN REDEFINED,

IT HAS BEEN BY LEGISLATURES

IMPOSING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

ON THE STATE, OR EVEN WORSE,

BY RADICAL JUDGES DOING

THAT.

THE NEWS AND THE HEADLINES

SOUND OMINOUS, BUT WHAT WE

HAVE IS A WAVE OF RADICAL

JUDGES WHO ARE

MISINTERPRETING THE DOMA

DECISION FROM LAST SUMMER

AND IMPOSING THEIR OWN

OPINIONS ON WHOLE STATES.

Mark: HOW CAN ADVOCATES

OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE GET

THEIR MESSAGE OUT THERE AND

FIGHT AGAINST THESE JUDICIAL

ACTIVISTS?

ONE OF THE BIGGEST WAYS

WILL BE THIS SUMMER.

WE HAVE THE SECOND ANNUAL

MARCH FOR MARRIAGE ON

JUNE 19th, ON THE NATIONAL

MALL.

IT WILL BE A BIG WAY FOR

PEOPLE TO STAND AND LET THE

NATION KNOW, LET THE SUPREME

COURT KNOW, AND THE

LEGISLATURE KNOW THAT

MARRIAGE IS ONE MAN AND ONE

WOMAN BECAUSE CHILDREN

DESERVE A MOM AND A DAD.

WE ARE HOPING THAT THE --

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR

MARRIAGE IS HOPING TO GET

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

THERE TO TAKE PART IN THAT

MARCH OR TO PLAN THEIR OWN

MARCHES IN THEIR OWN

CITIES.

Mark: THANKS, CHRIS,

FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

Mark: IN OTHER NEWS,

MORE THAN 2600 CREWS ARE

WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO

BATTLE WILDFIRES IN

CALIFORNIA.

IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA, AT

LEAST 125,000 PEOPLE HAVE

HAD TO EVACUATE.

HOT WEATHER CONDITIONS HAVE

MADE IT HARD TO STOP THE

FIRES.

BUT AS HEATHER CELLS

REPORTS, THAT COULD BE

CHANGING.

Reporter: NINE FIRES IN

THE SAN DIEGO REGION HAVE

SCORCHED 15 SQUARE MILES AND

BURNED AT LEAST EIGHT HOMES,

AN APARTMENT COMPLEX, AND

TWO BUSINESSES.

THE FIRES MAY ALSO HAVE

CAUSED AT LEAST ONE DEATH.

A FLAREUP THURSDAY PROMPTED

18,000 NEW EVACUATION

NOTICES IN THE SAN DIEGO

SUBURB OF SAN MARCOS.

A VERY DANGEROUS FIRE

SEASON, THE WORST FIRE

SEASON THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN

A LONG, LONG TIME.

Reporter: AUTHORITIES

NOW SAY THEY'RE TREATING THE

FIRES AS A CRIME SCENE, AND

ARE SEARCHING FOR A CAUSE.

NINE FIRES IN THREE DAYS IN

A SMALL AREA HAVE MANY

WONDERING ABOUT ARSON.

IT WOULD JUST BE PURE

SPECULATION TO SAY WHETHER

THEY WERE SET OR BY A CAR OR

BY AN INDIVIDUAL.

WE JUST DON'T KNOW YET.

BUT WE ARE ACTIVELY

INVESTIGATING THE START OF

THOSE FIRES.

Reporter: THE FIRES

BEGAN TUESDAY, AIDED BY HIGH

WINDS, EXTREME HEAT, AND LOW

HUMIDITY.

NO ONE KNOWS YET JUST HOW

MANY HOMES HAVE BEEN

DAMAGED.

I SAW THE SMOKE COMING

ABOVE OUR UNIT, AND IT

TURNED SUDDENLY SUPER

BLACK.

SO HEADED THAT WAY IS A WALL

OF FIRE.

Reporter: THE FLAMES

CAME WITHIN FEET OF CAL

STATE UNIVERSITY IN SAN

MARCOS.

SCHOOL OFFICIALS EVACUATED

THE CAMPUS AND CALLED OFF

GRADUATION.

SO FAR AUTHORITIES HAVE SENT

OUT 125,000 EVACUATION

NOTICES.

THERE IS HOPE THAT BETTER

WEATHER TODAY WILL HELP

FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN TO

CONTAIN THE FIRES, BUT IT

COULD TAKE MONTHS FOR

INVESTIGATORS TO FIND OUT

JUST WHAT CAUSED THIS

DISASTER.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: COMING UP, AS THE

RESULT OF INDIA'S RECENT

ELECTION COMES IN, A LOOK AT

WHAT A CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP

COULD MEAN FOR CHRISTIANS IN

THE COUNTRY.

Mark: THE WORLD'S

LARGEST DEMOCRACY IS SET TO

CHANGE GOVERNMENTS.

RESULTS OF INDIA'S

MONTH-LONG ELECTION SHOWED

THE B.J. TEA PARTY

OVERWHELMING WINNING.

BUT WITH THAT WIN COMES

CONCERN OVER WHAT COMES NEXT

FOR INDIA'S CHRISTIANS.

GARY LANE BRINGS US THE

STORY.

Reporter: INDIAN

CHRISTIANS ARE CONCERNED

ABOUT THE B.J.P. PARTY'S

LANDSLIDE VICTORY.

THIS MAN SAYS TO PREDICT THE

FUTURE, JUST LOOK AT THE

PAST.

THE PAST EXPERIENCE IS

THAT WHENEVER THEY CAME INTO

POWER, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN

KIND TO US.

OR THEY ALWAYS TRIED TO

VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTIONAL

GUARANTEES GIVEN TO THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN

INDIA.

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ARE

FEARFUL ABOUT THE OUTCOME.

THE PERSON WHO IS LIKELY TO

LEAD THE GOVERNMENT HAS A

VERY BAD REPUTATION IN THE

PAST AS A RULER IN HIS OWN

STATE.

Reporter: HE IS GURAN,

THE MAN SET TO BE THE NEW

PRIME MINISTER.

HE WAS THE CHIEF MINISTER OF

GU JURAT DURING THE 2002

RIOTS, IN WHICH MORE THAN

2,000 PEOPLE, MOSTLY

MUSLIMS, WERE KILLED.

INDIAN CHRISTIANS SAY THEY

FARED BETTER UNDER THE

CONGRESS PARTY.

HAVE WE SEEN AN

IMPROVEMENT FOR THE

CHRISTIANS?

OR HAS PERSECUTION GOTTEN

WORSE?

ECONOMICALLY THEY ARE

TRYING TO SPOIL THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY BY

TAKING AWAY THE SMALL

PRIVILEGES THEY ENJOYED IN

THE PAST.

THEY HAVE BEEN DRIVEN OUT OF

THEIR PLACES.

THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO RUN

BUSINESSES.

Reporter: PHYSICAL

ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS

HAVE CONTINUED.

THE CATHOLIC SECULAR FORUM

DOCUMENTED 4,000 ATTACKS

AGAINST CHRISTIAN CONVERTS

IN 2013.

INDIA'S PREDDESH IS ONE OF

THE WORST STATES, NOT ONLY

FOR CONVERTS, BUT THOSE

MINISTERING TO THEM.

LAST CHRISTMAS, MILITANTS

ASSAULTED THIS PASTOR'S WIFE

AFTER SHE OPENED THE DOOR.

WHEN I OPENED THE DOOR, I

SAW THREE PEOPLE STANDING.

I COULD NOT IDENTIFY THEM.

THEY WERE NOT REGULAR CHURCH

MEMBERS.

WHEN I ASKED THEM TO

IDENTIFY THEMSELVES, THEY

HIT MY HARD UNTIL MY HEAD

CRACKED.

ANOTHER PERSON WAS

HITTING ME, AND THEN THEY

STARTED STABBING ME.

HE BENT DOWN, AND THEY

STABBED HIM NINE TO 10

TIMES.

HE WAS SCREAMING JESUS'

NAME.

AFTER A WHILE, THEY THOUGHT

HE WAS DEAD.

THEY CAME OUTSIDE THE ROOM

AND ALSO STABBED ME A COUPLE

OF TIMES.

Reporter: THESE

CHRISTIANS SURVIVED, BUT

OTHERS, LIKE PASTOR

SANAVALO, HAVE BEEN KILLED

IN SIMILAR ATTACKS, AND THEú

GOVERNMENT HAS DONE LITTLE

TO DETER THE ATTACKS.

THIS MAN SAYS THE LAW SHOULD

BE UPHELD.

THE CONSTITUTION HAS

GIVEN FREEDOM TO

INDIVIDUALS, TO CHOOSE ANY

RELIGION OF THEIR LIKING.

THE CONSTITUTION HAS ALSO

GIVEN FREEDOM TO PROPAGATE

ANY RELIGION.

Reporter: THE QUESTION

NOW IS WILL INDIA'S NEW

PRIME MINISTER HONOR THE

GOVERNMENT'S CONSTITUTION.

THEY SHOULD MAKE CLEAR

THEY SHOULD PROTECT THE

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT

GUARANTEED TO THE CHRISTIANS

OR THE MINORITIES.

AND THEY SHOULD PROTECT THE

DALOT.

Reporter: THEY ARE

CONSIDERED BY HINDUS TO BE

BENEATH THE FEET OF GOD.

THEY ARE THE SO-CALLED

UNTOUCHABLES.

AND NOW THEY WONDER, WILL

THEIR NEW GOVERNMENT PROTECT

THEM?

OR MUST THEY LOOK TO GOD

ALONE FOR THEIR SECURITY?

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Mark: IT BREAKS YOUR

HEART.

FOR MORE OF GARY'S EXCLUSIVE

REPORTING, MAKE SURE YOU

CHECK OUT HIS BLOG, "THE

GLOBAL LANE, LANE," AT OUR

WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

UP NEXT, STUCK AT SEA WITH

LITTLE HOPE OF SURVIVAL.

HOW ONE VETERAN CREDITS GOD

WITH SAVING HIS LIFE.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

EDGAR HAROLD WAS SERVING IN

THE MARINES IN WORLD WAR II

WHEN SUDDENLY HIS SHIP WAS

ATTACKED.

HE WAS IN THE OCEAN WITH HIS

SHIP MATES WITHOUT FOOD OR

WATER AND SURROUNDED BY

SHARKS.

AS HE TELLS ME IN TONIGHT'S

FOCUS REPORT, IT WAS GOD WHO

BROUGHT THEM THROUGH.

ON A SMALL FARM IN KENTUCKY,

EDGAR HAROLD HEARD ABOUT THE

WAR IN THE PACIFIC ON THE

RADIO.

AFTER LISTENING TO REPORTS

OF MARINES LOSING THEIR

LIVES, HE WANTED TO HELP.

I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, I'M

18 YEARS OLD.

I HAD ALREADY REGISTERED FOR

THE DRAFT.

I THOUGHT, NOW, I DON'T WANT

TO WAIT AND BE DRAFTED.

I WANT TO GET IN THE MARINE

CORPS.

Mark: THE HEAVY

CRUISER, THE U.S.S.

INDIANAPOLIS BECAME HIS

HOME.

WHEN I SAW THAT BIG

INDIANAPOLIS, YOU CAN

IMAGINE A COUNTRY BOY, WHAT

HE THOUGHT.

Mark: HAROLD SAW FIERCE

COMBAT ON THE SHIP, EVENTS

THAT SHOOK HIM TO THE CORE.

HE VIVIDLY RECALLS ONE

HARROWING INCIDENT WHEN A

JAPANESE CO KAMIKAZE PLANE

STRUCK THEM IN THE OKINAWA.

I CAN REMEMBER SEEING

THAT PLANE AND THINKING,

THIS IS OVER.

BECAUSE HE IS DIVING FOR THE

FAN TAIL.

Mark: HAROLD SURVIVED

THAT ATTACK, BUT NINE OF HIS

SHIPMATES DID NOT.

THE INDIANAPOLIS HAD TO

RETURN TO THE STATES FOR

REPAIRS.

EVENTUALLY IT LEFT SAN

FRANCISCO BAY, HEADING BACK

TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC, ON

WHAT WOULD BE ITS FINAL

MISSION.

ON BOARD, IMPORTANT

COMPONENTS OF THE ATOMIC

BOMBS THAT WOULD BE DROPPED

ON HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI.

HAROLD SAYS THEIR NEXT

ASSIGNMENT WAS TO HEAD TO

THE PHILIPPINES TO PREPARE

FOR THE MAIN INVASION OF

JAPAN.

CAPTAIN MCVEIGH ASKED FOR

AN ESCORT.

AND THEY TELL HIM, YOU DON'T

NEED AN ESCORT.

WELL, MAY I SAY THEY WERE

NOT TELLING THE TRUTH.

THEY COULD HAVE SAID, YOU

NEED AN ESCORT.

WHY?

BECAUSE FOUR DAYS BEFORE WE

LOST A DESTROYER, THE U.S.S.

UNDERHILL.

AND WE LOST 129 BOYS.

AND WE WERE TO GO THROUGH

THAT VERY AREA.

Mark: WHY NAVY LEADERS

MADE THAT DECISION, HAROLD

SAYS, REMAINS A MYSTERY.

AND THAT BRINGS US TO

JULY 30th, 1945.

A JAPANESE SUBMARINE SPOTS

THE INDIANAPOLIS IN THE

PHILIPPINE SEA AND FIRES A

SPREAD OF TORPEDOS.

TWO HIT THEIR MARK, AND IN

LESS THAN 15 MINUTES, THE

SHIP GOES DOWN.

AROUND 900 OF THE NEARLY

1200-MAN CREW SURVIVED THE

INITIAL ATTACK FIND

THEMSELVES OIL-SOAKED, MANY

WITH INJURIES, CLINGING TO

LIFEJACKETS IN THE

SHARK-INFESTED WATERS.

I THOUGHT OF MOM AND DAD

BACK HOME, SIX YOUNGER

BROTHERS, AN OLDER SISTER, A

YOUNGER SISTER, AND I

THOUGHT OF THIS CERTAIN

BRUNETTE THAT SAID SHE WOULD

WAIT FOR ME.

AND I TOLD THE LORD, I DON'T

WANT TO DIE.

I WANT TO LIVE.

Mark: HAROLD, WHO WAS

20 AT THE TIME, SAYS HE

BEGAN TO THINK OF

SCRIPTURES.

I'LL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR

FORSAKE YOU.

SEEMINGLY THAT CAME TO

MIND.

NO AUDIBLE VOICE, BUT I KNEW

THAT THE LORD WAS SPEAKING

TO ME.

LORD, YOU'RE SPEAKING TO MY

HEART.

I'M GOING TO MAKE IT.

WELL, I DIDN'T KNOW I'M

GOING TO BE OUT THERE FOUR

AND A HALF DAYS.

Mark: FOUR AND A HALF

DAYS OF UNBELIEVABLE HORROR,

NO FOOD, NO WATER, AND YET

SURROUNDED BY WATER IN ALL

DIRECTIONS, A ALONG WITH

SHARKS.

SHIPMATES, NOT IN THEIR

RIGHT MIND, SOME BECAUSE

THEY WERE INJURED, AND

OTHERS BECAUSE THEY DRANK

SALTWATER, BEGAN TO

HALLUCINATE.

HE GETS OUT 75 YARDS AND

HE BEGINS A BLOOD CURDLING

SCREAM.

AND YOU SEE THE LIFEVEST GO

BACK UNDER.

AND THEN YOU SEE ALL OF THE

BLOOD AND MORE SHARKS AND

MORE FINS AND THEY'RE

FIGHTING OVER WHAT WAS

THERE.

Mark: DI DESPITE

WITNESSING SCENES LIKE THAT,

HAROLD REFUSES TO GIVE UP

HOPES.

HE BELIEVES GOD DIRECTED

THEM TO A BOX OF POTATOES.

AND HE SAID GOD SENT A RAIN

CLOUD ONE DAY TO PROVIDE

DESPERATELY-NEEDED WATER.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO, THANK

YOU, LORD!

THANK YOU, LORD!

Mark: THE NUMBER OF

SAILORS AND MARINES DWINDLED

DOWN TO A LITTLE MORE THAN

300.

FINALLY A PLANE FLEW OVER

THE AREA AND LOW TO THE

WATER.

A MIRACLE BECAUSE THE

LIEUTENANT WASN'T EVEN

LOOKING FOR THE SURVIVORS.

HE DID NOT KNOW THEY WERE

MISSING.

NOBODY DID.

LIEUTENANT WYNN OPENS THE

BOMBAY DOOR AND IN JUST A

FLASH, HE LOOKS DOWN AT THE

OCEAN BELOW.

AND WHAT HE SAW WAS AN OIL

SLICK.

Mark: FLYING EVEN

LOWER, WYNN, WHO THEY CALLED

ANGEL, SEES DEBRIS, AND

SHARKS AND SHARKS ATTACKING

SURVIVORS.

HE RADIOS FOR HELP, AND

EVENTUALLY 317 CREW MEMBERS

OF THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS

ARE PULLED FROM THE WATER.

HAROLD SPENT MONTHS IN

HOSPITALS RECOVERING.

AFTER EVERYTHING HAROLD WENT

THROUGH, IT IS EASY TO SEE

WHY HE WAS A DECORATED

MARINE.

HE WAS EVEN AWARDED A PURPLE

HEART.

HERE IS THE LETTER DATED

AUGUST 13, 1945: "THE PURPLE

HEART IS AWARDED BY THE

MEDICAL OFFICER IN COMMAND

TO EDGAR ALVIN HAROLD FOR

WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION

AGAINST AN ENEMY OF THE

UNITED STATES ON

JULY 30th, 1945."

HE WENT ON TO MARRY OLA, THE

BRUNETTE WHO WAITED FOR

HIM.

TODAY, JUST 36 SURVIVORS OF

THE INDIANAPOLIS, THE WORST

NAVY DISASTER IN THE HISTORY

OF THE UNITED STATES, ARE

ALIVE.

HAROLD SHARES HIS STORY OF

GOD'S PROVIDENCE AT SCHOOLS

AND CHURCHES.

HE CALLS IT A MINISTRY.

HE AND HIS SON, DAVID, ALSO

CHRONICLED THE UNFORGETTABLE

STORY IN A NEW BOOK, "OUT OF

THE DEPTH."

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT

GOES BY, MANY, MANY TIMES A

DAY, I JUST LOOK UP AND SAY,

THANK YOU, LORD.

Mark: AMEN.

AND WHAT AN HONOR TO BE ABLE

TO INTERVIEW THAT MAN OF GOD

AND THAT RETIRED MARINE.

HERE IS THE BOOK, WRITTEN BY

HIM AND HIS SON, AND IT'S

CALLED "OUT OF THE DEPTHS,"

AND YOU CAN FIND THAT

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT.

UP NEXT, HOW ONE HIGH-SPEED

DREAM RECENTLY CAME TRUE FOR

A CENTENARIAN.

Mark: IT'S NEVER TOO

LATE TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS

COME TRUE.

THAT'S WHAT 102-YEAR-OLD

EDITH RECENTLY LEARNED.

HER DREAM WAS TO TAKE A LAP

AROUND THE INDY 500

RACETRACK.

AND SHE RECENTLY DID JUST

THAT, RIDING ALONGSIDE

LEGENDARY RACER MARIO

ANDRETTI.

I JUST HAPPEN TO BE DOING

IT, AND WE WENT FAST.

PEOPLE IN THEIR 70s AND

80s WHO ARE BEDRIDDEN AND

THEY CAN'T GET AROUND OR

HARDLY DO ANYTHING.

MY GOODNESS, SHE IS 102 AND

SHE IS GOING 180 MILES PER

HOUR IN THE RACE CAR.

HE DIDN'T SLOW DOWN

AROUND THE CURVES.

Mark: SHE ENDED HER

SPEEDWAY LAPS WITH A

TRADITIONAL DRINK OF MILK,

LIKE INDY WINNERS ALWAYS

DO.

102 YEARS OLD.

THAT IS AMAZING.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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