USS Houston (i) (CA 30)
Heavy cruiser of the Northampton class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||1 May 1928|
|Launched||7 Sep 1929|
|Commissioned||17 Jun 1930|
|Lost||1 Mar 1942|
|Loss position||05.50S, 105.55E|
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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|1||Capt. Jesse Bishop Gay, USN||17 Jun 1930||18 Nov 1930|
|2||Capt. Jesse Barrett Oldendorf, USN||16 Oct 1939||30 Aug 1941|
|3||Capt. Albert Harold Rooks, USN||30 Aug 1941||1 Mar 1942 (+)|
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