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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
CBM Archibald Dutton USN
CM 1c Herbert Shaw USN
MM 3c Troy Sitton USN
MM 3c Norman Reed USN
Sea 1c Richard Sawyer USN
WT 2c Cecil Mount USN
MM 3c Raymond Quigley USN
MM 1c Arthur Pierce USN
Mus 3c Donald Villers USN
Ck 2c Ducey Tsao USN
GM 3c Andrew Spillman USN
Cox William Zeller USN
CCM Maurice Weller USN
CRM Oscar Wilson USN
Sea 1c Leo Abate USN
Sea 2c Ralph Anderson USN
RM 3c James Bailey USN
Y 2c Neal Biechlin USN
Sea 2c Dwight Boynton USN
Sea 1c Arnold Buns USN


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