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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
GM 2c Frank Wolf USN
MM 3c Adrian Wolf USN
Sea 2c Glendon Wolfe USN
F 1c Chester Woltanski USN
Matt 1c Far Wong USN
CWT Sam Wood USN
Lt(jg) John Woodruff USN
Sea 1c Melvin Wooten USN
Mus 2c Chester Yannucci USN
SK 3c James Zazzara USN
Cox William Zeller USN
Sea 2c Leonard Zimmerman USN


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