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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, March 1, 1942
Battle at Sunda Strait
Houston in company with HMAS Perth and HMS Exeter depart Priok and at 2300 in the vicinity of Sunda Strait encounter a Japanese landing force taking them under fire and causing wide spread damage to 4 loaded Japanese transports. Japanese battle force comprised of two heavy cruisers, one light cruiser and 10 destroyers close in on the Houston force. ... One of 8 torpedoes launched from the Japanese forces strikes Houston. At 0015 Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma finds Houston with its 8” guns ripping into the after engine room killing the entire engine room crew. ... Turret 2 hit by enemy gunfire which starts fire in magazine; fire progresses to small arms magazine and to Turret magazine. At 0033 with the ship sinking, the order to abandon ship is given. While abandoning ship Japanese continue to shell and send torpedoes into her hull. At 0045 Houston sinks. ... Of the crew less than half make it into the water in Sunda Strait. Many of Houston’s survivors were captured and interred in Japanese prisons until the conclusion of WWII

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 632

Namesort descending Service Branch
MM 3c Roger Barnett USN
Sgt Dwight Barney USMC
GM 1c George Barr USN
SF 3c Norval Barrett USN
Sea 1c Raleigh Barrett USN
FC 2c Elra Barringer USN
Pvt Floyd Barron USMC
MM 2c Robert Bassett USN
EM 2c Norvel Baughn USN
A Ck Oree Beck USMC
Pfc Robert Beckett USMC
WT 2c John Bell USN
GM 3c Leslie Benjamin USN
QM 2c Phillip Bettinger USN
Y 2c Neal Biechlin USN
Sea 1c Harold Bingley USN
Cpl Viva Bishop USMC
Sea 1c Isaac Black USN
Sea 1c Joseph Black USN
GM 3c Paul Blake USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)