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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
Sea 1c Richard Boorom USN
BM 1c Harold Brown USN
Sea 2c Arthur Calvert USN
MM 3c Thomas Chandler USN
MM 2c William Clark USN
Cox Marshall Crippen USN
BM 2c Leroy Marsh USN
EM 1c Sylvan Liebla USN
Sea 1c Edward Montgomery USN
F 1c James Johnson USN
Sea 1c Edwin Isaacs USN
Sea 1c William Lantz USN
Mus 2c John Koller USN
WT 1c Jack Harder USN
WT 2c Leonard Hollingsworth USN
BM 2c Joyner Graham USN
AMM 3c Franklin Farnsworth USN
Matt 1c Lau Fook USN
Sea 1c Joseph Davis USN
MM 1c Tony Dorrell USN


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