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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
RM 2c Maryle Drake USN
Matt 1c Ting Ducey USN
Sea 1c Roy Dumas USN
CMM Ogden Durler USN
CBM Archibald Dutton USN
FC 3c Birdine Dykes USN
Sea 2c Elmer Ebaugh USN
MM 3c John Edge USN
SC 2c George Egri USN
MM 3c Herman Eiden USN
MM 1c Oscar Ekberg USN
Cox Leslie Elliott USN
CFC Clarence Elliott USN
RM 3c Leo Elms USN
Cox William Emmerth USN
BM 2c Henry English USN
CSK Robert Ermis USN
Sea 1c John Eugates USN
MM 2c Milton Eustace USN
AMM 3c Franklin Farnsworth USN


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