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The United States Navy Memorial

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
Sea 1c Joseph Davis USN
Mus 2c Mark Debord USN
Sea 1c Emmanuel Defrates USN
QM 1c William Deshields USN
WT 2c Frank Dethloff USN
ACMM William Dewald USN
Ptr 2c James Dickie USN
MM 2c Normand Dietrich USN
Sea 1c Edward Dietz USN
Sea 1c Joseph Dillon USN
Sea 2c Thomas Dittoe USN
MM 2c Mack Dobkins USN
Sea 1c Lewis Dodds USN
Sea 1c Edwin Dombrowski USN
MM 1c Tony Dorrell USN
MM 3c Robert Dotson USN
WT 1c Carl Doty USN
Cox Thomas Dowell USN
Sea 1c William Dowling USN
Sea 1c Donald Drago USN


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