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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Francis Bloch USN
PhM 3c Dudley Bock USN
GM 1c John Bonkoski USN
Sea 2c Evans Boone USN
Sea 1c Richard Boorom USN
Sea 1c Charles Booth USN
MM 2c Merton Boothe USN
Ens Frederick Bourgeois USN
FC 3c Wilbur Bowlby USN
WT 1c Morris Bowler USN
Sea 2c Byrl Bowman USN
Sea 2c Dwight Boynton USN
Sea 2c John Braathen USN
Sea 2c Leonard Bradley USN
Pfc Lester Brandt USMC
Pvt William Brasfield USMC
GM 3c Richard Brill USN
RM 1c Charles Brislin USN
MM 3c Clarence Brockman USN
Sea 2c Harold Brooks USN


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