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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
EM 2c Joe Creed USN
CY Frank Macumber USN
CEM Nicholas Leo USN
Sea 1c Paul Mcdonald USN
Sea 1c Elmer Johnson USN
Sea 1c John Iwamicki USN
Sea 1c Guthrie Layne USN
GM 3c William Kohl USN
CCS Delry Hankinson USN
WT 2c John Hogue USN
MM 3c Charles Granger USN
HA 1c Eugene Galusha USN
Sea 1c Raymond Fornkahl USN
Mus 2c Mark Debord USN
WT 1c Carl Doty USN
MM 1c John Schroder USN
SC 2c William Soden USN
RM 3c Elbert Reves USN
MM 3c James Ruddy USN
Sea 1c Anthony Nicolao USN


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