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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 ascending
SM 1c James Sallis USN
Sea 2c Gerald Owen USN
Sea 1c Charles Prince USN
Sea 2c David Phillips USN
MM 2c Richard Vanslyke USN
Matt 2c Ven Tung USN
GM 2c Glenn Spragle USN
EM 1c Donovan Westerfeld USN
GM 3c Paul Werner USN
RM 1c Wayne Wilson USN
Sea 2c Richard Adams USN
SM 2c Roy Anglin USN
Sea 1c Talbert Baize USN
Sea 1c Isaac Black USN
Sea 2c Leonard Bradley USN
Sea 1c Roy Burrell USN
CMM Ebo Caserio USN
Matt 1c Limg Chien USN
MM 2c William Conner USN
Sea 1c Eugene Lutes USN


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