Harlan Twible
1922 - 2018
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Twible, Harlan
March 10, 1922 - April 8, 2018
Harlan Twible, 96, went home to the Lord on Sunday, April 8, 2018. His beloved wife, Alice, predeceased him. He is survived by his children Pamela, Susan, Barbara, and David. Harlan was born in Gilbertville, Mass. to Ruby and William Twible, one of four children. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1945 and soon thereafter married Alice Southworth of Ware, Mass., who was, from their first date, the love of his life. His first naval assignment was to the USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser that was assigned the secret mission of delivering the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian. Four days after delivering the bomb, the Indianapolis was sunk by enemy action in the Phillipine Sea, sinking so fast that no distress call was sent from the ship. He, and his shipmates who survived the sinking spent 4 days and 5 nights in the water, with almost no fresh water or survival gear. During this time, and, despite injuries he suffered during the sinking, Harlan Twible constantly aided the 325 men in his group, maintaining order among them, ministering to their needs, and preventing half-crazed and injured men from leaving the safety of the group; actions for which the Navy later awarded him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. He credited his survival to God's presence and care. He also served in the Korean War, serving 11 years in the Navy.
After his time in the service, Harlan pursued a career as a business executive, specializing in turning around failing businesses, including Picker Corporation, and Siemens Medical of America. His employees recognized him as a fair and compassionate man in all his dealings with them.
Harlan Twible thanked God every day for the blessings in his life. His greatest earthly joy came from his beloved wife Alice, and his family, and he always placed their happiness and well-being above his own.
Harlan found great enjoyment in woodworking, and made a great deal of the furniture in his, and his children's homes.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21 at 11 AM at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL. Interment is Monday, April 23, at 1PM at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Route 72, Sarasota, Fl.

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Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 13 to Apr. 15, 2018.
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August 11, 2020
Like others, I saw the cspan interview. I've known much of Indianapolis' history for decades but first time I'd seen a crew interview. We in USA are so very Blessed to have such remarkable military men as Harlan Twible. May God always Bless and Keep Harlan +
Jack De WITT
August 11, 2020
I too watched Harlan's interview on cspan3 and was sad to see he had passed away when I Googled his name. What an honorable man, a true American Hero.
Robin Yale-Murphy
August 9, 2020
Thank you for your service
Cidalina Maziarski
August 9, 2020
I am now watching his interview he did about the sinking of the Indianapolis on cspan3. It was taped in 2016. God bless him. What a story. I had to Google him because I had a feeling he had passed.. so happy he got to tell his story. What a brave man. Rest in peace... Thank you ....thank you..
Cidalina Maziarski
August 2, 2020
Scott Horner
April 7, 2019
After the Memorial Service has ended, and Military Honors have been rendered, a cemetery "grounds person" normally inters the cremains into the grave. Family members are not permitted to do this due to liability concerns. As a volunteer at Sarasota National Cemetery, I am therefore considered an employee, and am eligible to do this. I requested, and was therefore granted permission to inter Mr. Twible's cremains. This was an Honor for me, knowing I was the last person on earth to physically touch his urn. He was such a great man, and I'm convinced that because of his Faith in Christ, he lives on.
Larry Dean
April 19, 2018
The Twibles were stellar neighbors and wonderful people.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have known them.
The Fishmans
April 17, 2018
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
April 14, 2018

Mr. Twible was a very proper gentleman. I have always been in awe of his actions with regard to the terrible incident he experienced during WWII. His leadership was truly amazing. He is my Hero! He is the only person I have ever asked for an autograph.

When Service Branch songs were performed during Patriotic events at Church, my attention was always focused on him during "Anchors Aweigh", as I stood for my branch. He always turned, and gave me a smile and a nod of approval. Larry Dean
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