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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 2c William Conner USN
F 2c Joseph Cook USN
RM 3c Lloyd Cooper USN
GM 3c James Copeland USN
Pfc Howard Corsberg USMC
Ch Mach John Cravens USN
EM 2c Joe Creed USN
Sea 1c Harry Crepps USN
Cox Marshall Crippen USN
ACMM George Cumming USN
MM 2c Marion Curnutte USN
Prtr 1c Charles Czyzewski USN
FC 3c Harley Daggett USN
RM 1c Peter Dale USN
GM 3c Robert Daley USN
Sea 1c Charles Dalton USN
Sea 1c William Darling USN
Ens James Darter USN
Sea 1c Thomas Davidson USN
Sea 1c Stephen Davis USN


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