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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sgt Dwight Barney USMC
F Mus Sgt Houston Vaughan USMC
Pfc James Miller USMC
Pfc Robert Beckett USMC
Pvt Richard Wallen USMC
Cpl Alma Nebel USMC
Pvt William Brasfield USMC
Pfc Lester Brandt USMC
Sgt Reuben Reed USMC
Pvt William Cassaday USMC
Pfc Marion George USMC
Pfc Jim Slocum USMC
Pfc Howard Corsberg USMC
Pfc Aubrey Malone USMC
Pfc Richard Fritzsching USMC
Pfc Homer Miller USMC
Pvt David Harper USMC
Pvt Floyd Barron USMC
Pfc Dero Harrell USMC
A Ck Oree Beck USMC


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