Allied Warships

USS Houston (i) (CA 30)

Heavy cruiser of the Northampton class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
ClassNorthampton 
PennantCA 30 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down1 May 1928 
Launched7 Sep 1929 
Commissioned17 Jun 1930 
Lost1 Mar 1942 
Loss position5° 50'S, 105° 55'E
History

USS Houston (Capt. Albert Harold Rooks) was sunk by torpedoes and gunfire from Japanese heavy crusiers Mogami and Mikuma, light cruiser Natori and 10 destroyers in the Soenda Strait in position 05º50'S, 105º55'E.

The USS Houston sank in only 20 minutes, sending 643 men to their deaths with only 368 survivors, of which were captured by the Japanese, and 77 of which died in captivity.

 

Commands listed for USS Houston (i) (CA 30)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Jesse Bishop Gay, USN17 Jun 193018 Nov 1930

2Capt. Jesse Barrett Oldendorf, USN16 Oct 193930 Aug 1941
3Capt. Albert Harold Rooks, USN30 Aug 19411 Mar 1942 (+)

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Media links


Ship of Ghosts

James D. Hornfischer


Battle to Save the Houston

Miller, John Grider


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