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He listened to the sharks attack his shipmates and prayed that he would be rescued. On Dec. 8, 1941, Coolie Hinson decided to drop out of Baron DeKalb High and fight the Japanese. He joined the Navy and, nine months later on the 8th of August in 1942, he was treading water because his ship, the USS Vincennes, was sunk in the Battle of the Savoy Islands.