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Houston

Ship Designation: 
CA-30
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
WT 1c Walter Robe USN
MM 2c Raymond Nickelson USN
Sea 2c Richard Norvel USN
RM 2c Clyde Pittman USN
Cox John Wallace USN
PhM 2c Sigmund Ustaszewski USN
CMM Luther Storie USN
Sea 1c Cecil Taylor USN
Sea 1c Glen White USN
EM 2c Charles Weaver USN
GM 2c Frank Wolf USN
Sea 1c James Mcclaskey USN
Bug 1c Charles Alford USN
AMM 3c Raymond Arneson USN
GM 1c George Barr USN
GM 1c John Bonkoski USN
Y 3c Allen Brown USN
WT 1c Dan Byrne USN
Matt 1c George Chan USN
Matt 1c Shing Chow USN

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