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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
Matt 1c Song Cheng USN
FC 2c Claude Cherry USN
GM 1c Travis Cherry USN
Matt 2c Ke Chie USN
Matt 1c Limg Chien USN
Matt 1c Shou Chih USN
Matt 2c Yu Ching USN
LCdr John Chisholm USN
Sea 1c Chester Chormann USN
Matt 1c Shing Chow USN
Sea 1c Lester Christensen USN
MM 2c William Clark USN
Sea 1c Dale Clingingsmith USN
BM 1c Shelton Clymer USN
Sea 1c Joseph Coble USN
MM 2c Patrick Colbert USN
Cox Urban Colbert USN
Sea 1c Robert Collins USN
CEM Joseph Comer USN
MM 3c James Connell USN


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