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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 ascending Service Branch
CMM Robert Sprague USN
GM 2c Glenn Spragle USN
GM 3c Andrew Spillman USN
Sea 1c Charles Spencer USN
Ck 3c Ah Soy USN
EM 2c Edwin Sorensen USN
GM 1c Roland Sollberger USN
SC 2c William Soden USN
AMM 2c George Smith USN
FC 1c Gordon Smith USN
PhM 1c Joseph Smith USN
MM 3c Loren Smith USN
FC 3c Horace Smith USN
Sea 1c William Smith USN
MM 2c Walton Smith USN
Sea 1c Timothy Smith USN
LCdr Sidney Smith USN
SK 2c Sammie Smith USN
Sea 1c Carl Smith USN
MM 1c Andrew Smith USN


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