Louis "Kayo" Erwin has died at the age of 93.

He was a lifelong resident of East Ridge.

Erwin joined the military in 1942, and survived the U.S.S. Indianapolis sinking. He and 316 other sailors survived shark-invested waters with only life jackets.

His ship was on a secret mission dropping off what they would later learn were parts of the atomic bomb.

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He was honorably discharged and made it home by hitchhiking from Memphis.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 12 at 2 at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel.