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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
Y 3c Allen Brown USN
Sea 2c Donald Brown USN
BM 1c Harold Brown USN
Cox James Brust USN
Sea 1c Joseph Bubnis USN
F 1c William Buice USN
Sea 1c Stanley Bujak USN
MM 1c John Bulla USN
TC 1c Victor Bunnell USN
Sea 1c Arnold Buns USN
Sea 2c Delbert Burrell USN
Sea 1c Roy Burrell USN
MM 3c Filmore Burton USN
Mach Alfred Bushell USN
Sea 2c Charles Button USN
MM 2c J. Byrd USN
WT 1c Dan Byrne USN
GM 3c Ryhman Calaway USN
Sea 2c Arthur Calvert USN
EM 1c Creed Campbell USN


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