Houston Maritime Museum presents Saga of the USS Houston
The USS Houston (CA-30), the second of four USS Houstons, fought during World War II in the 1942 Battle of Sunda Strait. When the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth discovered the Japanese fleet on the night of February 28, battle ensued. The Houston hit three Japanese destroyers and a minesweeper, but both the Perth and the Houston were ultimately sunk. Of the 1,061 men on board the Houston, only 368 survived the battle, but were immediately taken to prison camps by Japanese forces. The fate of the USS Houston remained unknown for months, with the full story not emerging until the prisoners were released at the end of the war.
On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait, Bill Withers' lecture will examine the sinking of the USS Houston, explore the current status of the wreck site, and honor the brave men aboard the ship who inspired a unified Houston.