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Cruiser Houston Collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Finding Aid/Inventory

Photographs

Negatives and Slides

Correspondence

Diaries

The Blue Bonnet newsletter

Deck Logs

Reports

Statements

Rosters

POW Camp Records

Citations

Certificates

Programs

Booklets and Pamphlets

Documents

Newsletters

Articles

Clippings

Personal Accounts

Typescripts/Historical Accounts

Oral Histories

Commemorative Booklets

Poetry

Speeches

Scrapbooks

Invitations

Menus

Memorabilia

Film, Video, and DVD Recordings

Audio Recordings

Maps and Ships' Plans

Miscellaneous Artworks

Framed Items

Plaques

Exhibits

Preston Clark

2010-2015 Additions

USS Houston Survivors’ Association and Next Generation Records



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Cruiser Houston Collection, 1917-2008 | University of Houston Libraries

By Julie Grob, with Emily Irby and Miriam Rouziek, 2003-2004; Chinh Doan and Gregory Yerke, 2012-2013

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Collection Overview

Title: Cruiser Houston Collection, 1917-2008View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1929-1945

ID: 10/1981-001

Primary Creator: USS Houston Survivors Association

Extent: 63.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1981

Subjects: Burma-Siam Railroad, Houston (Cruiser : CA-30), Java Sea, Battle of the, Indonesia, 1942, Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945, Sunda Strait, Battle of, Indonesia, 1942, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons, Japanese

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Diaries, Greeting cards, Memorabilia, Negatives (photographic), Newsletters, Paintings (visual works), Photographs, Postcards, Reminiscences, Reports, Rosters, Scrapbooks, Telegrams, Videocassettes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of materials in a wide variety of formats that document the history of the USS Houston (CA-30) and her crew. A significant portion of the material dates from the period 1929 to 1945. There is also a large quantity of material that dates from the 1980s to the present.

The materials have been divided into four major categories:

• Core Material is the material most frequently requested by researchers, and includes Photographs, Negatives and Slides, Correspondence, Diaries, Blue Bonnets, Deck Logs, Reports, Statements, Rosters, and POW Camp Records.

• Printed Material includes Citations, Certificates, Programs, Booklets and Pamphlets, Documents, Newsletters, Articles, and Clippings.

• Literary Productions include Personal Accounts, Typescripts/Historical Accounts, Oral Histories, Commemorative Booklets, Poetry, and Speeches.

• Other Material includes primarily material in formats other than papers or photographs, such as Scrapbooks, Invitations, Menus, Memorabilia, Film and Video Recordings, Audio Recordings, Maps and Ships' Plans, Miscellaneous Artworks, Framed Items, and Plaques.

Books and commercial videotapes have been removed from the collection and incorporated into the library's cataloged holdings. These may be found by searching the UH Libraries' catalog by author, using the phrase "Cruiser Houston Collection."

Related Materials:

Archival Collections:

      • William A. Bernrieder Collection (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=273)

      • Samuel Milner U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) and 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=192)

      • Captain Albert H. Rooks Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=461)

Digital Library Collections:

      • Lt. Robert B. Fulton USS Houston Letters digital collection (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/fulton)

      • USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters digital collection (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22)

      • William Slough USS Houston Letters digital collection (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/slough)

      • USS Houston (CA-30) Photographs (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/hca30)

Other Related Materials:

      • A permanent exhibit of materials from the Cruiser Houston Collection is on display in the M.D. Anderson Library of the University of Houston.

      • The UH Libraries also maintains a digital exhibit on the USS Houston (CA-30) online (http://exhibits.lib.uh.edu/exhibits/show/cruiser-houston).

Biographical Note

On September 7, 1927, the U.S. Navy announced that in response to a local campaign, a new heavy cruiser would be named for the city of Houston. The ship's keel was laid on May 1, 1928 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. On September 7, 1929, the USS Houston (CA-30) was launched, and on June 17, 1930, she was commissioned.

In 1931, the Houston became flagship of the Asiatic Fleet. The Houston left the Asiatic in 1933 to join the Scouting Force, based in Long Beach, California. During the 1930s, avid fisherman President Franklin D. Roosevelt made four leisure cruises on the Houston. The Houston joined the Hawaiian Detachment in Pearl Harbor in November 1939, and returned to the Asiatic in March 1941.

On November 27, 1941, the USS Houston was undergoing some repairs at Cavite Naval Yard in the Philippine Islands when her captain, Albert H. Rooks, received a Navy Department warning about an impending Japanese attack on the Asiatic Fleet. The Houston was ordered to the central Philippines. On December 8, the crew learned of the outbreak of hostilities with Japan.

In January 1942 the Houston became part of a multi-national American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) force. On February 4th, a group of ABDA ships attempted to intercept a Japanese force in the Makassar Straits, but were attacked by Japanese bombers. One of the bombs destroyed the Houston's rear 8-inch gun turret, killing 48 men and injuring 20 others.

On February 27, the Houston was among a fleet of ABDA ships that engaged a Japanese task force that was advancing on eastern Java. In the eight-hour Battle of the Java Sea, the Japanese inflicted defeat upon the ABDA ships, sinking or crippling two Dutch cruisers and three destroyers. Although the Houston was hit twice by Japanese 8" shells, she and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth both survived the battle.

On the night of February 28, the Houston and the Perth attempted to pass through Sunda Strait in an effort to reach the safer waters of the Indian Ocean. As they approached the entrance to the strait, they unexpectedly encountered a Japanese force that was protecting the invasion fleet. In the ensuing battle, four torpedoes struck and sunk the Perth. The Houston managed to hit three destroyers and sink a minesweeper, but was struck by four torpedoes and started to sink. Following orders to abandon ship, crew members jumped over the sides and began to swim for the distant shore of Java. The Battle of Sunda Strait and the sinking of the ship took the lives of 700 of the Houston's 1068 crew members.

When news of the ship's sinking reached Houstonians, they raised money to build the light cruiser USS Houston (CL-81), as well as a small aircraft carrier. On Memorial Day, 1942, one thousand "Houston Volunteers" were sworn into the Navy to symbolically replace the Houston's crew, who were all presumed dead.

In Java or its surrounding waters, the Houston crew members who survived the sinking were taken prisoner by the Japanese. They were marched to the town of Serang and held there until April 1942, when most of the men were transported to "Bicycle Camp" in Batavia. There the men of the Houston were joined by troops from the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, a National Guard unit from Texas (nicknamed the "Lost Battalion").

In October, the majority of the POWs were taken to Moulmein, Burma, while the rest were sent to work in various camps throughout Asia. There they became slave labor for a Japanese project to build a railroad for transporting troops and supplies from Thailand to Burma. Sixty-one thousand Allied prisoners-of-war and over 200,000 Asian natives worked on the Burma-Thai Railway, which eventually stretched 250 miles between mountains, across rivers, and through jungles. The men were fed starvation rations, beaten frequently, and subject to illnesses such as beri beri, pellagra, malaria, and tropical ulcers.

Nearly 13,000 Allied POWs and 100,000 Asian natives died building the "Death Railway," including 79 men from the Houston. Upon the railway's completion in October 1943, the surviving POWs were scattered to various camps in Singapore, Burma, Indochina, and Japan. On August 16, 1945, the POWs learned that the war was over and they were to return home.

Following the war, survivor Otto Schwarz formed the USS Houston Survivors Association, whose newsletter was named the Blue Bonnet after the original ship's newsletter. Many survivors kept in touch by attending annual reunions with their friends from the Lost Battalion. In 1981, the survivors donated a collection of archival materials and memorabilia to the UH Libraries, which built a Cruiser Houston Memorial Room to display the items. On March 21, 1981, they celebrated the launch of another ship named "Houston," the nuclear powered submarine USS Houston (SSN-713). And in 1995, the Texas Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States dedicated a monument to the USS Houston and her crew in downtown Houston.

In 1991 the Survivors Association formed a complementary group called the Next Generation, made up of children and younger relatives of survivors. Under the direction of Next Generation members Val Roberts-Poss and Lin Drees, and co-editor Otto Schwarz, the Blue Bonnet continues to come out four times a year. Roberts-Poss and Drees also organize an annual memorial service in Houston at the site of the downtown monument.

Chronology

January 1, 1927: First meeting of the Cruiser Houston Committee

September 7, 1927: Navy announces that heavy cruiser will be named for Houston

May 1, 1928: Ship's keel laid at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company

September 7, 1929: USS Houston (CA-30) launched in Newport News, Virginia

June 17, 1930: Ship commissioned in the United States Navy Yard

February 22, 1931: Houston becomes flagship of Asiatic Fleet

1933: Houston joins Scouting Force based in Long Beach, CA

July 1, 1934: First cruise by President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Oct. 3, 1935: Second Presidential Cruise

July 16, 1938: Third Presidential Cruise

February 18, 1939: Fourth Presidential Cruise

November 7, 1939: Houston in Pearl Harbor with Hawaiian Detachment

November 27, 1941: Houston ordered to central Philippines

January 15, 1942: Houston becomes part of American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) force

February 4, 1942: Battle of Makassar Strait

February 27, 1942: Battle of the Java Sea

February 28-March 1, 1942: Battle of Sunda Strait and sinking of USS Houston (CA-30)

March 1942: USS Houston crew members become POWs

May 30, 1942: Thousand Houston Volunteers join Navy

June 19, 1943: USS Houston (CL-81) launched

October 1942-October 1943: Burma-Thai Railway built with POW labor

August 16, 1945: Houston crew members learn war is over

1948: Beginnings of USS Houston Survivors Association

March 21, 1981: USS Houston (SSN-713) launched

November 11, 1995: USS Houston monument dedicated

Subject/Index Terms

Burma-Siam Railroad
Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Java Sea, Battle of the, Indonesia, 1942
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Sunda Strait, Battle of, Indonesia, 1942
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons, Japanese

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Acquisition Method:

The original core of material that makes up this collection was donated to the UH Libraries by members of the USS Houston Survivors Association in 1981. Additional donations from crew members of the USS Houston (CA-30), their family members, and other individuals have been made steadily since the initial donation.

Series 38 was donated by the USS Houston Survivors’ Association and Next Generation February 18, 2011.

Preferred Citation: Cruiser Houston Collection, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Other URL: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/uhsc/00042/hsc-00042.html


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Photographs, 1917-2003],
[Series 2: Negatives and Slides, 1927-2002],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1932-2000],
[Series 4: Diaries, 1941-[1945]],
[Series 5: The Blue Bonnet newsletter, 1933-2014],
[Series 6: Deck Logs, 1940-1942],
[Series 7: Reports, [ca. 1942] - 1947],
[Series 8: Statements, 1945-1950],
[Series 9: Rosters, 1942-1998],
[Series 10: POW Camp Records, 1942-1945],
[Series 11: Citations, 1942-1949],
[Series 12: Certificates, 1924-1998],
[Series 13: Programs, 1930-2014],
[Series 14: Booklets and Pamphlets, 1934-1997],
[Series 15: Documents, 1929-1995],
[Series 16: Newsletters, 1930-1996],
[Series 17: Articles, 1941-2004],
[Series 18: Clippings, 1929-2002],
[Series 19: Personal Accounts],
[Series 20: Typescripts/Historical Accounts],
[Series 21: Oral Histories],
[Series 22: Commemorative Booklets],
[Series 23: Poetry],
[Series 24: Speeches],
[Series 25: Scrapbooks],
[Series 26: Invitations],
[Series 27: Menus],
[Series 28: Memorabilia],
[Series 29: Film, Video, and DVD Recordings],
[Series 30: Audio Recordings],
[Series 31: Maps and Ships' Plans],
[Series 32: Miscellaneous Artworks],
[Series 33: Framed Items],
[Series 34: Plaques],
[Series 35: Exhibits],
[Series 36: Preston Clark],
[Series 37: 2010-2015 Additions],
[Series 38: USS Houston Survivors’ Association and Next Generation Records],
[All]

Series 1: Photographs, 1917-2003

This series contains black & white and color photographic prints, including some oversize and panoramic prints. The photographs are arranged into sub-series by general subject. Within each sub-series, the photographs are in alphabetical order according to the subjects of the individual photograph. Some of the photographs are copies of prints from institutions such as the National Archives or the U.S. Naval Institute. 

Box 4 includes a binder of photographs taken by a professional photographer at the 2002 USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion. If reproduced in print or on a website, or otherwise publicly displayed, these photographs must include the following credit line: Copyright Arturo Sanchez, Frank White Photography.

Sub-Series 1: Bell, Ship's
Box 1
Folder 1: Bell, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 2: Bell, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Folder 3: Bell, Ceremony City of Houston, [1973?]
Donor: Battleship Texas
Box 54
Folder 9: Bell, 1973
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Sub-Series 2: (George R.) Brown Room Opening
Box 1
Folder 4: William A. Bernrieder, 1981
Folder 5: William A. Benrieder and Admiral Hayward Brown, 1981
Folder 6: Admiral Hayward Brown, 1981
Folder 7: Brown Room Exhibit, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 8: Brown Room Opening, 1981
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
Folder 9: Brown Room Opening, 1981
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
Folder 10: Brown Room Opening, 1981
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
Folder 11: Brown Room Opening, 1981
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
Folder 12: Brown Room Opening, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 13: Brown Room Opening, 1981
Folder 14: Brown Room Sign, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 15: Brown Room Speakers, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 16: Contact Sheets, 1981
Folder 17: Barry Munitz, 1981
Folder 18: Captain Albert H. Rooks Medals, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 19: Harold Rooks, 1981
Sub-Series 3: Crew Members (Group Shots)
Box 1
Folder 20: Chiefs, 1932View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Some Chiefs of USS Houston, October, 1932"

Donor: Philip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee

Folder 21: Crew in China, [1932?]
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
Item 1: Crew on deck in China, [1932?]View associated digital content.
Inscription on front: "Crew of U.S.S. Houston, China"
Folder 22: Change of Command Ceremony (Oldendorf to Rooks), August 30, 1941View associated digital content.

Standing by microphone: Capt. Albert Harold Rooks. Standing in front of group, saluting: Capt. Jesse Olderdorf. First row, left to right: Cmdr. Homer Louis Grosskopf, Cmdr. (MC) William A. Epstein, unknown, unknown, unknown, Cmdr. Arthur Laurence Maher, Lt. Cmdr. Richard Hermus Gingras, unknown. Second row, left to right: Unknown, unknown, unknown, Lt. Thomas Benjamin Payne, Lt. Ernest Debbes Hodge, Lt. Robert Burwell Fulton, Lt. John Dietrick Lamade, unknown, unknown. Third row, left to right: Unknown, unknown, Lt. Joseph Francis Dalton, unknown, Lt. Harold Sherwin Hamlin, Jr., unknown, unknown, unknown, Lt. (j.g.) Francis Brooks Weiler, Lt. (j.g.) Kenneth Leon Kollmyer. Fourth row, left to right: Unknown, Ensign Fred Ferguson Mallory, Ensign John Marshall Hamill, unknown, Ensign John Blount Nelson, Ensign Alva Freeman Nethken, Ensign Charles Donovan Smith II, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown. Fifth row, far left: 2nd Lt. Frank E. Gallagher. Standing at rear of group in khaki: Warrant Officer Louis E. Biechlin.

Donors: Joe Kollmyer, Battleship Texas

Folder 23: Crew [Japan?], [1930s]View associated digital content.
Folder 24: Crew in Cuba, [1932]
Item 1: Crew member [Simino] and Cuban boy, 1932View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "[Simino] in Cuba, 1932"
Item 2: Crew dockside with Cubans watchingView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "[Leso?]"
Item 3: Crew member with cannonView associated digital content.
Item 4: Crew member with Cuban woman and childrenView associated digital content.
Item 5: Crew member with large gunView associated digital content.
Item 6: Crew member with monkey to his leftView associated digital content.
Item 7: Crew member with monkey to his rightView associated digital content.
Item 8: Crew members and Cuban womanView associated digital content.
Item 9: Crew members at back of barracksView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Jimmie & [Mac?] Back of barracks"
Item 10: Crew members in front of store on Cuban streetView associated digital content.
Item 11: Crew members with Cuban boyView associated digital content.
Item 12: Lifting sea plane from sea, 1934View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "A plane crash at sea 1934"
Item 13: Marine Corps officer on deck with riflesView associated digital content.
Item 14: Men and women in front of tentsView associated digital content.
Item 15: Soldiers with rifles in CubaView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "The old gang, Cuba"
Item 16: Swimming at Officer's Landing, Guantanamo Bay, CubaView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Officer's Landing, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, 1932, Swimming"
Item 17: U.S. Navy plane submerged at seaView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Plane crashes at sea, 1934"
Item 18: USS Houston (CA-30) in dry dockView associated digital content.
Folder 25: Crew, [1930s]
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
Item 1: Crew on deck, [China]View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Crew - U.S.S Houston, period: 1930's, Gift: Mr. Norrie Gardiner, Fairfield, Ca (survivor)"

Joseffa Photo Studio

Folder 25a: Crew Members; USS Houston and USS Kent; Manila, PI, 1933View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Houston's party to Kent, Manila, January 24, 1933"

Donors: Phillip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee

Folder 26: Crew Members, 1938 and 1939View associated digital content.
Donor: Everett L. Malone
Item 1: Crew members on horses, HaitiView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "[Hatti] 1939; Crew Mateo - Houston"
Item 2: Crew members: L-R, [Hanie,] A. Malone, [Haiti]View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "U.S.S. Houston - [Hatti] 1939, L - [Hanie] R - Malone"
Item 3: Five crew members seated with beer, Hawaiian TerritoryView associated digital content.

L-R, Lennart O. Peterson, Thomas A. Davidson, Happy, Wilson, Carter

Inscription on back: "Left - Peterson, Davidson, Happy, Wilson, Carter, Hawaii 5/14/1938"

Item 4: Four crew members standing, one with paint and paintbrush, [Haiti], 1939View associated digital content.

L-R, Charles, Carter, Gilmore, Henry A. English

Inscription on back: "U.S.S. Houston - [Hatti] - 1939, Left - Charles, Carter, Gilmore, English"

Item 5: Hula dancer, [Hawaiian Territory]View associated digital content.
Item 6: Person walking on beachView associated digital content.
Folder 26a: F Division; Manila, PI, 1941View associated digital content.

First row, seated: Ens. Weiler, Wilker S1/C, Bowlby S1/C, Farnsworth S1/C, McGarvey FC3/C, Rehfeld S2/C, Ewing S2/C, Johnson S2/[C], Smith S 1/C, Racine GM 2/C. Second row, seated: Lt. Adams, Bush FC3/C, Parson S2/C, Cherry FC3/C, Smith S1/C, Dagget S1/C, Giret FC1/C, Drewett S1/C, Jordan FC1/C, Borghetti FC1/C. Third row, standing: Elliot C.F.C., Jones FC3/C, Mahlandt FC2/C, Sass FC3/C, Boyd GM2/C, Werner [illegible]2/C, Barringer FC3/C, May S1/C, Arnett S1/C, Bevel COX. Fourth row, standing: Martwick S1/C, Feldscher GM1/C, Gary FC1/C, Wise FC3/C, Manista CGM, Peters FC2/C, Ens. Mallory. Three men absent: H.P. Thew FC 1/C, G.C. Smith FC 2/C, W. Wallace Cox

Inscription on back: "F. - Division, U.S.S. Houston, Mar. 1, 1941, Manila, P.I."

Donor: Henry P. Thew

Folder 27: Crew Members, undated
Donor: Harold J. “Hap” Heidel
Folder 28: Marine Detachment, 14 March 1932View associated digital content.

Caption on back: "The Marine detachment from the USS Houston at the Dong Shing mill (Japanese) where they are billeted during the disturbance in Shanghai. Commanded by Capt. Donald Curtis. Picture taken just before Company departed for duty on the front line along Soochow Creek" [3/14/32]

This photograph was taken during the Shanghai War of 1932.

Donors: Phillip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee

Folder 29: Officers, 1936
Donor: Story Sloane
Item 1: Group of officers standing beneath gunView associated digital content.
Folder 30: Otto Schwarz and other crew members, Tawi Tawi, the Philippines, October 1941View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "1. Tawi Tawi, Southern Philippines, Oct 1941; Lower right (Otto Schwarz)"
Item 14: Director control tower crew, 1934View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Director Crew"
Box 54
Folder 1: Crew Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Territory, [ca. 1941]View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "USS Houston crew, Pearl Harbor 1942, [1941?], taken prior to leaving for Asiatic Station"

This photograph was taken prior to leaving for Asiatic Station.

Donor: John Stefanek

Drawer F.7
OVS_Folder 6: Crew Panoramic Photograph, 1934View associated digital content.
Caption on front: "Officers and Crew of the U.S.S. Houston, August 18, 1934, San Diego, California, (The Presidential Ship), O.A. Tunnell, Photo., 319 Commonwealth Bldg."
Sub-Series 4: USS Houston (AK-1)
Box 1
Folder 31: USS Houston (AK 1), [copy prints, U.S. Naval Historical Center], 1917-1918
Folder 32: USS Houston (AK 1), undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "The very first U.S.S. Houston- formerly S/S Liebenfels- German cargo ship taken over at outbreak of World War I- Charleston Harbor. She was sunk by German crew, raised by US Navy and placed into the war transportation service"; Inscription on front: "USS Houston"

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 33: Werdenfels, undatedView associated digital content.
Sub-Series 5: USS Houston (CA-30)
Box 1
Folder 34: Design Model, Navy Department, [1920s]View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Navy Dept model of U.S.S. Houston"; Inscription on front: "USS Houston"

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 35: Naming Campaign, 1927
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Naming campaign, Western Union storefrontView associated digital content.
Folder 36: Name Announcement, 1927
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: USS Houston naming announcement, arrival of Navy Secretary Curtis D. Wilbur at Southern Pacific Station, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "S.P. Station, arrival of Navy Sec. Wilbur, Sept. 7, 1927 who named the U.S.S. Houston"
Folder 37: Christening party at White House, 1929
Folder 38: Launching Ceremony, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) slides down the ways at its launching ceremony, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "USS Houston (CA-30) slides down the ways at launching, 7 Sept. 1929."
Folder 39: Launching Ceremony, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Elisabeth Holcombe (ship's sponsor) on platform at USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, 7 September 1929View associated digital content.
Item 2: Mary Ellen Bute (maid of honor), Elisabeth Holcombe (ship's sponsor), and Charlotte Williams (special guest) on platform at USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, 7 September 1929View associated digital content.
Item 3: USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Item 4: USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Folder 40: Launching Ceremony, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1-2: Mary Ellen Bute (maid of honor), Elisabeth Holcombe (ship's sponsor), and Charlotte Williams (special guest) on platform at USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, 7 September 1929View associated digital content.
Item 3: Mary Ellen Bute (maid of honor), Elisabeth Holcombe (ship's sponsor), and Charlotte Williams (special guest) on platform with cameramen and photographers at USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, 7 September 1929View associated digital content.
Item 4: Special guests on platform at USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremonyView associated digital content.
Folder 41: Launching Ceremony, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Mary Ellen Bute (maid of honor), Elisabeth Holcombe (ship's sponsor), and Charlotte Williams (special guest) on platform at USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, 7 September 1929View associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "USS Houston (CA-30) Mary Ellen Bute [maid of honor), Elisabeth Holcombe (ship's sponsor), and Charlotte Williams (special guest) on platform at launching ceremony, 7 Sept. 1929."
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30) and large crowd at launching ceremonyView associated digital content.
Inscription on white slip: "Largest launching party (over 10,000 invited spectators) in history of the Newport yard--just prior to breaking of Houston Ship Channel water by the sponsor. Sept. 7, 1929"
Folder 42: Launching Ceremony, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: USS Houston (CA 30)-- Ship's sponsor Elisabeth Holcombe and a group of U.S. Navy officers on stand at launching ceremonies, 7 Sept. 1929View associated digital content.
Folder 43: Launching Ceremony, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Mary Ellen Bute (maid of honor), Elisabeth Holcombe (ship's sponsor), and Charlotte Williams (special guest) on platform with special guests at USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, 7 September 1929View associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "USS Houston (CA 30)-- Mary Ellen Bute (maid of honor), Elisabeth Holcombe (ship's sponsor), and Charlotte Williams (special guest) on platform with Va. Gov. Harry F. Bird at ship's launching ceremony, 7 Sept. 1929."
Folder 44: Launching Ceremony, 1929
Item 1: Charlotte Williams, special guest at USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony and great granddaughter of Sam HoustonView associated digital content.
Inscription on white card: "Williams, Charlotte. Great granddaughter of Sam Houston; special guest at launching ceremonies for USS Houston (CA 30), 7 Sept. 1929."
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30) slides down the ways with American flag displayed on its stern, launching ceremonyView associated digital content.
Inscription on white card: "USS Houston (CA 30)-- slides down the ways at launching ceremonies, 7 Sept. 1929."
Folder 45: Launching Ceremony, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) launching ceremony, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Folder 46: Ship Channel Cruise [removed from album page], 1936
Folder 47: USS Houston (CA-30) after refit, 1939-40View associated digital content.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
Folder 48: USS Houston (CA 30) through gunsight, [1942?]View associated digital content.

Caption on back: "The last known photograph of the U.S.S. Houston. Snapped through a four inch Allied gun site at West Point. The Houston was sunk with heavy loss of life a few days later."

Donor: Otto Schwarz

Folder 48a: USS Houston (CA-30) in China, undated
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) in ChinaView associated digital content.
Caption on back: "The USS Houston in a Chinese Port"
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30) on the Yangtze River, ChinaView associated digital content.
Folder 49: USS Houston (CA 30) under Brooklyn Bridge, undated
Folder 50: USS Houston (CA-30) in Honolulu Harbor, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1933
Folder 51: USS Houston (CA-30) in Honolulu, [Diamond Head], [ca. 1930s]View associated digital content.
Folder 51a: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston, 1936View associated digital content.
Donor: Story Sloane
Folder 52: USS Houston (CA-30) arrives at Honolulu, Presidential Cruise, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1934
Folder 53: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, [1930s]
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel with refinery in background, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship ChannelView associated digital content.
Item 3: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, approaching turning basin, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 4: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, at the turning basin, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 5: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, at the turning basin, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 6: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, passing dockyards and approaching turning basin, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Folder 54: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, [1930s]
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, approaching turning basin, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, at the turning basin with aerial photographer above, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 3: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, escorted by tugboat, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 4: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, passing refinery, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 5: USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 6: USS Houston (CA-30) passing through rural area of Houston Ship Channel, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Folder 55: USS Houston (CA 30) in dry dock in Manila, P.I., [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1939
Folder 56: USS Houston (CA 30) in Manila Bay, P.I., [1931?]View associated digital content.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
Folder 57: USS Houston (CA-30) in Manila Bay, P.I., 1940
Donor: Ned Gallagher
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) alongside USS Augusta in Manila Bay, Phillippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Moored alongside Augusta in Manila Bay, Sept 1940 during relief on station routine"
Folder 58: USS Houston (CA-30) in Manila Bay, P.I., 1941View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Manila Bay, 1941, looks like typhoon weather"

Donor: Ned Gallagher

Folder 59: USS Houston (CA-30), President's flag flying from the mainmast, undatedView associated digital content.

Caption on back: "USS Houston (CA 30), President's flag flying from the mainmast, U.S. Naval Instutite Photographic Library"

Donor: Battleship Texas

Folder 60: USS Houston (CA-30) in San Diego, Presidential Cruise, 1932View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "San Diego, 1932, Pres Roosevelt on board."

Donor: Ned Gallagher

Folder 61: USS Houston (CA-30) off San Diego, Presidential Cruise, [copy print, U.S. Naval Historical Center], 1935
Folder 62: USS Houston (CA-30) leaves San Diego, Presidential Cruise, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1935
Folder 63: USS Houston (CA-30) and San Jacinto Monument, 1939View associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 64: USS Houston (CA-30) in San Francisco [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1937
Folder 65: USS Houston (CA-30) at sea, 1935View associated digital content.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Folder 66: USS Houston (CA-30) in San Francisco Bay [newspaper clipping], 1934
Folder 67: USS Houston (CA-30) at Shanghai, deck with airplanes, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], undated
Folder 68: USS Houston (CA-30) at Shanghai, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], undated
Folder 69: USS Houston (CA-30) [in Shanghai?], [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], [1930s]
Folder 70: USS Houston (CA-30) in Ship Channel, 1930View associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 71: USS Houston (CA-30) in Ship Channel, [copy print, U.S. Naval Historical Center], 1930
Folder 72: USS Houston (CA-30) at Tjilatjap, 1942View associated digital content.

Caption: "Entering Tjilatjap, Java, N.E.I., Marblehead passed close aboard Houston, which had already made port following the same action. Damage abaft her mainmast was quite apparent. Houston's colors are half-masted pending return of her funeral party."

Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles

Folder 73: USS Houston (CA 30), [ca. 1931-1936]
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) docked with crew member and civilians standing on dock at port side of shipView associated digital content.
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30) docked with crew member standing on dock in front of bowView associated digital content.
Item 3: USS Houston (CA-30) docked with crew on deckView associated digital content.
Item 4: USS Houston (CA-30) docked with crew on deck and American flag flying from bowView associated digital content.
Folder 74: USS Houston (CA 30) and USS Peary; Darwin, Australia, 1942
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) and USS PearyView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: ""Probably last photo of Houston, Feb 18, 1942, U.S.S. Peary Astern, sunk next day, Feb 19, 1942.""

Caption on white card: "Photographs of the U.S.S. Houston and the U.S.S. Peary, 18 February 1942 (one photo shows the U.S.S. Peary afire after an explosion. Photos were taken from the nearby H.M.A.S. Deloraine.; Caption on front: "U.S.S. Houston, a cruiser which escorted the Timor Sea convoy, and U.S.S Peary, with part of the convoy they brought back to port on February 18"

Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30) and USS Peary, Darwin, AustraliaView associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "Photographs of the U.S.S. Houston and the U.S.S. Peary, 18 February 1942 (one photo shows the U.S.S. Peary afire after an explosion. Photos were taken from the nearby H.M.A.S. Deloraine."; Caption on front: "U.S.S. Peary, a destoyer, exploded and sank. This dramatic photograph was taken by Signalman Douglas Fraser from H.M.A.S. Deloraine. H.M.A.S. Katoomba is in the floating dock and the hosptial ship Manunda at right."; Inscription on back: "Darwin, Feb, 19, 1942"
Folder 75: USS Houston (CA-30) in Wangpoo [Huangpu] River, Shanghai, 1930sView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: ""Anchored mid-stream in the Wangpu River, Shanghai""
Folder 76: USS Houston (CA-30), 1935View associated digital content.

Inscription on front: "Roosevelt's man of war, 1935; S.S. Huston, Oct. 35"

Donor: Phillip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee

Folder 77: USS Houston (CA-30), 1939
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Admiral W. D. Leahy aboard, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "U.S.S. Houston (CA 30) with Pres. Roosevelt and Adm. W.D. Leahy, Chief of Naval Operations, aboard to observe Fleet Problem Twenty in Caribbean waters, 1939."
Folder 78: USS Houston (CA-30), 1939
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30), flying the flags of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Admiral W.D. Leahy, taken from the airView associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "USS Houston (CA 30) flying the flags of President Roosevelt and Admiral W. D. Leahy, Chief of Naval Operations, March, 1939."
Folder 79: USS Houston (CA 30) [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1940
Folder 80: USS Houston (CA-30), 1941View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: ""USS Houston taken 6 months before WW#2, 1941"

Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association

Folder 81: USS Houston (CA-30), undated
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) photographed from the air with other shipsView associated digital content.
Caption on back: "Aerial Photograph by Southwest Air Services, 403 Union National Bank Building, Houston, Texas."
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30), taken from the air, (Image 11)View associated digital content.
Caption on back: "Aerial Photograph by Southwest Air Services, 403 Union National Bank Building, Houston, Texas."
Folder 82: USS Houston (CA-30), undated
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) passing under the St. Johns Bridge, Portland, OregonView associated digital content.
Caption: "U.S.S. Houston, (c) 68947 Angelus"
Folder 83: USS Houston (CA-30), undated
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) anchored at sea with flags flying and American flag prominent on sternView associated digital content.
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30) docked with crew member hoisting flag on the bowView associated digital content.
Item 3: USS Houston (CA-30) passing under Brooklyn BridgeView associated digital content.
Folder 84: USS Houston (CA 30), [copy print, U.S. Naval Historical Center], undated
Folder 85: USS Houston (CA 30), [copy prints, U.S. Naval Institute], undated
Folder 86: USS Houston (CA 30), undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
Folder 87: USS Houston (CA-30), undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Folder 88: USS Houston (CA-30), undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Folder 89: USS Houston (CA-30), undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 90: USS Houston (CA-30), undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Item 1: USS Houston (CA-30) and USS Augusta (CA-31)View associated digital content.
Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30), taken from the airView associated digital content.
Item 3: USS Houston (CA-30), taken from the airView associated digital content.
Box 54
Folder 2: USS Houston (CA-30), 1939View associated digital content.

Caption on white card: "USS Houston (CA 30) flying the flags of President Roosevelt and Admiral W. D. Leahy, Chief of Naval Operations, during Fleet Problem 20, March, 1939."

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 3: USS Houston (CA-30), undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 4: USS Houston (CA-30), undatedView associated digital content.
Folder 10: USS Houston (CA 30) in Caribbean, 1939View associated digital content.

USS Houston (CA-30) with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board in Caribbean. Inscription on back: ""Caribbean, 1939, FDR on board, Chief of Naval Ops.""

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 19: USS Houston (CA-30), The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast (and negative), undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Drawer F.7
OVS_Folder 7
OVS_Item 1: Christening party at White House Panoramic Photograph, 1929View associated digital content.

This is a photograph of the White House reception for the Texas party to the christening of USS Houston (CA-30). President Herbert Hoover is in the center.

Inscription on front: "White House Reception, Texas Party to Christening of Cruiser Houston Washington, D.C. Sept. 6. 1929"

OVS_Item 2: USS Houston (CA-30), Panoramic Photgraph; Honolulu, Presidential Cruise, July, 1934View associated digital content.
Inscription on front: "U.S.S. Houston Temporary White House. President F.D. Roosevelts Hawaiian Cruise. Honolulu Harbour July 1934"
Sub-Series 6: USS Houston (CL-81)
Box 2
Folder 1: Burial at Sea, USS Houston (CL-81), undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 2: "Burial party," Hammett, Adair, Blish, Kirkland, [Nov. 1944]
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 3: Christening of the Houston, USS Houston (CL-81), December 1943
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 4: Mrs. Claude B. Hamill, launching ceremony, 1943
Item 1: Mrs. Claud B. Hamill christens the USS Houston (CL-81) at launching ceremony, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Folder 5: Launching Ceremony, 1943
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1-2: USS Houston (CL-81) launching ceremony, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Caption on card: "Norfolk, Va., 19 June, 1943-- The new cruiser, Houston, slides down the ways at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va., at her launching, 19 June 1943. The sponsor was Mrs. Claude Hammill, of Houston, Texas."
Folder 6: Launching Ceremony, 1943
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Mrs. Claud Hammill christens the new USS Houston (CL-81) during launching ceremony, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Caption on card: "Norfolk, Va., 19 June 1943-- Mrs. Claude Hammill, of Houston, Texas, smashes a bottle of champagne against the bow of the new cruiser, Houston, as the ship starts down the ways at her launching 19 June 1943 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va. In the picture reading from the extreme left are Senator Tom Connally, of Texas; Governor Coke Stevenson, of Texas; Jesse Jones, Secretary of Commerce; Mayor Otis Massey, of Houston; Lieutenant Commander Wilson Starbuck, Public Relations Officer of the Fifth Naval District, and (front) Rear Admiral O.L. Cox, Supervisor of Shipbuilding at the Yard."
Item 2: USS Houston (CL-81) launching ceremony, Governor Coke Stevenson of Texas at the microphone, Newport News, Virginia, 19 June 1943View associated digital content.
Caption on card: "Norfolk, Va., 19 June 1943-- Governor Coke Stevenson, of Texas, speaks at the launching ceremonies of the launching of the new cruiser Houston 19 June 1943, at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va. In the background near the flag is the sponsor (white hat), Mrs. Claude Hammill, of Houston, Tex. On the left of the speaker with his hat off is Senator Tom Connally, of Texas, and Lt. (jg) Cyril Best, (ChC), USNR."
Item 3: USS Houston (CL-81) launching ceremony, Jesse Jones at center. To the left of Jones is Senator Tom Connally of Texas and behind Jones, tipping his hat, is Governor Coke Stevenson of Texas, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Caption on card: "Norfolk, Va., 19 June 1943-- Jesse Jones, Secretary of Commerce, is shown speaking at the launching of the new cruiser Houston 19 June 1943 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va. To the left of Mr. Jones is Senator Tom Connally, of Texas. Back of him tipping his hat is Governor Coke Stevenson, of Texas. The sponsor was Mrs. Claude Hammill, also of Houston."
Item 4: USS Houston (CL-81) launching ceremony, Mayor Otis Massey of Houston, Texas at the microphone, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Caption on card: "Norfolk, Va., 19 June 1943-- Otis Massey, Mayor of Houston, Tex., is shown at the microphone speaking at the launching of the new cruiser, Houston, 19 June 1943, at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va. Behind him is Governor Coke Stevenson, of Texas, and to the speaker's right is Senator Tom Connally, of Texas. In the right foreground is Lieutenant Commander Wilson Starbuck, USNR, Public Relations Officer of the Fifth Naval District, and Rear Admiral O.L. Cox, Supervisor of Shipbuilding for the Navy at the yard."
Item 5: USS Houston (CL-81) launching ceremony, Mayor Otis Massey of Houston, Texas, Mrs. Claud Hammill, sponsor, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Caption on card: "Norfolk, Va., 19 June, 1943-- Mayor Otis Massey of Houston, Texas, pins orchids on Mrs. Claude Hammill, sponsor, at the launching of the new cruiser Houston at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Va. The launching took place 19 June 1943."
Item 6: USS Houston (CL-81) launching ceremony, Mrs. Claud Hammill christens the new cruiser, Houston, Newport News, VirginiaView associated digital content.
Caption on card: "Norfolk, Va., 19 June 1943-- Mrs. Claude Hammill, of Houston, Texas, christens the new cruiser, Houston at the ship's launching at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va., 19 June 1943."
Folder 7: Launching ceremony, [copy print, National Archives], 1943
Folder 8: USS Houston (CL-81), [copy print, National Archives], 1944
Donors: William A. Bernrieder (photographs 1-2), Battleship Texas (photograph 3)
Folder 9: USS Houston (CL-81), [copy print, National Archives], 1944
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 10: USS Houston (CL-81), makeshift chow line on Fan Tail, undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 11: USS Houston (CL-81), Officers' Assembly, undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 12: USS Houston (CL-81), "exact moment second torpedo struck the stern," [Naval Historical Center], October 16, 1944
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 13: USS Houston (CL 81) under tow (3 photographs), October 17, 1944
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 14: USS Houston (CL 81) in Ship Channel, 1946
Folder 15: USS Houston (CL-81), interior damage, [ca. 1944]
Donor: Battleship Texas
Box 54
Folder 20: USS Houston (CL-81) visit Houston, Texas (2 photographs), undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Sub-Series 7: USS Houston (SSN-713)
Box 2
Folder 16: Barbara Bush, launching ceremony, 1981
Folder 17: George Bush, launching ceremony, 1981
Folder 18: Launching ceremony, 1981
Folder 19: Launching ceremony, USS Houston (SSN-713), March 21, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 20: USS Houston (SSN-713), undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 21: USS Houston (SSN-713), undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Sub-Series 8: USS Houston (CA-30) Survivors Association
Box 2
Folder 22: Houston and Lost Battalion Survivors, 1956
Donor: Doris Smith
Folder 23: USS Houston Survivors Association, group photo, 1985
Folder 24: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Folder 25: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Folder 26: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Folder 27: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Folder 28: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 29: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 30: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 31: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 32: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 33: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 34: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 35: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1999
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
Folder 36: USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, with CD, 2007
Donor: Jim Fisher
Box 5: Binder USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, (copyright Arturo Sanchez, Frank White Photography), 2002
Sub-Series 9: Houston Volunteers
Box 2
Folder 37: Rear Admiral William A. Glassford, 1942View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Rear Admiral Glassford U.S.N. (Last Admiral to fly his flag as flagship U.S.S. Houston before the Battle of Sunda Strait) is addressing the 1000 volunteers and citizens of Houston after giving the volunteers their oath as Navy enlisted men, May 30, 1942. To the right in white uniform: Capt. T.A. Thomson, USN Cmdt 8th Naval Dist., Col Wallace Reid, C.O. Ellington Field"

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 38: Houston Volunteers, 1942
Donor: Doris Allen, in memory of Wm. E. Allen, Sr.
Folder 39: Houston Volunteers, 1942View associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
OVS_Item 3: Houston Volunteers Panoramic Photograph, 1942View associated digital content.
Donor: Estate of Robert G. Vaughn, Jr.
Sub-Series 10: Individuals
Box 2
Folder 40: Capt. William Baggaley, undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 41: Capt. Guy E. Baker, undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 42: Thomas F. Ball, undatedView associated digital content.

Caption on white card: "Ball, Thomas F., original chairman , Cruiser Houston Committee"

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 43: George N. Barker (2 copies), undated
Donors: William A. Bernrieder, Battleship Texas
Folder 44: William C. Batchelor, Jr, undated
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Item 1: William C. Batchelor, Jr., 1929View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "William Charles Batchelor, Jr at Hills ? Military Academy 1929? In Portland Ore, born 1920, San Diego, died 1943 as a prisoner of war of the Japanese, in Burma on the River Kwai railroad. R.I.P. sweet brother."
Item 2: William C. Batchelor, Jr., gravestone, 5 November 1948View associated digital content.
Folder 45: Capt. W.W. Behrens (CL-81) [Naval History Division, Office of Chief of Naval Operations], undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 46: William A. Bernrieder and Marvin Robinson, photocopy, 1993
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
Folder 47: Broussard, C. and Carney, Robert B. [Official U.S. Navy photo], 1943
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 48: Mary Ellen Bute and Elisabeth Holcombe, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Elisabeth Holcombe, ship's sponsor at launching ceremonies for USS Houston (CA-30), 7 September 1929View associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "Holcombe, Elisabeth--Ship's sponsor at launching ceremonies for USS Houston (CA 30), 7 Sept. 1929."
Item 2: Mary Ellen Bute, Maid of Honor at launching ceremonies for USS Houston (CA-30)View associated digital content.
Folder 49: Harry F. Byrd, 1929
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Inscription on back: "Byrd, Harry F.--Governor of Virginia; master of cermonies at launching of USS Houston (CA 30), 7 Sept. 1929."View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Byrd, Harry F.--Governor of Virginia; master of cermonies at launching of USS Houston (CA 30), 7 Sept. 1929."

Dementi Studio

Folder 50: Captain, undatedView associated digital content.
Rear Admiral William A. Glassford (far left)
Folder 51: Cardinellie, 1939View associated digital content.

Inscriptions on backs: "Hattie, 1939 - Houston, Cardinellie"

Donor: Everett L. Malone

Folder 52: I. Roy Coats, South Pacific (digital scan), 1934View associated digital content.

Inscription on front: "A proud sailor on the USS Houston - my home for 4 years - I had to put on my dress whites and have my picture taken to send home to my folks, July 1934, I.R. Coates, MM2C, South Pacific 1934."

Donor: I. Roy Coats

Folder 53: Francis Cogswell (2 photographs), 1939, undatedView associated digital content.

Caption on white card: "Cogswell, Francis, Capt. Commanding USS Houston (CA 30) 24 May-22 Sept. 1939."

Donors: William A. Bernrieder, Battleship Texas

Folder 54: R.A Dawes (2 photographs), undated
Donors: William A. Bernrieder, Battleship Texas
Item 1: Capt. R. A. DawesView associated digital content.
Inscription on front: "R.A. Dawes, Captain. U.S. Navy, Comdg. U.S.S. Houston"
Folder 55: William Martin DeShields, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Donald F. DeShields
Folder 56: George E. Detre, 1945View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "No. 24 Camp, Japan, 1945-March; 125; Detre"

Donor: George E. Detre

Folder 57: Sean Ellerbee, 1999
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
Folder 58: Sean Ellerbee, 1999
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
Folder 59: Frank D. Ellis, ca. 1941View associated digital content.

Inscription on front: "Mai Poina Oe Lau, Frank, CWT Frank Ellis, USS Houston (CA 30)"

Donor: Dominick DiMassimo

Folder 60: Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Ellis; F.G. Polk, 1941
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
Item 1: F.G. Polk and Frank D. Ellis in front of Elks Club, Manila, PhilippinesView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "F.G. Polk, W. J 1/c. USS Houston, F.D. Ellis, C.W.J. USS Houston in front of Elks Club. Manila, P.I., 1941"
Item 2: Frank D. Ellis, Manila, PhilippinesView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "F.D. Ellis in patio of Aida apt. 340 Gral. Luna, W.C., Manila, P.I., Sept. 13, 1941"
Item 3-4: Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Ellis, Manila, PhilippinesView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Ellis in patio of Aida apt. 340 Gral. Luna, W.C., Manila, P.I., Sept. 13, 1941."
Folder 61: Robert B. Fulton, Manila, the Philippines, October 1941View associated digital content.
Donor: Robert B. Fulton
Folder 62: W.O. Frederick, 1939View associated digital content.
Donors: Gary E. and Gregory P. White
Folder 63: Capt. Jesse Bishop Gay, undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 64: C.B. Gillespie, undatedView associated digital content.
Folder 65: Admiral Thomas Hart, 1941View associated digital content.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Folder 66: Gilbert W. Hayes, [ca. 1938]View associated digital content.

Inscription on front: "Between the two 8" guns"; Inscription on back: "Send more Japs!!!"

Donor: Gilbert W. Hayes

Folder 67: Hollingsworth, John William “Bill” and his brother Clarence Solomon Turner, photocopies, undated
Donor: Irene Mills
Folder 68: Edwin F. Hoofer, ca. 1939View associated digital content.
Donor: Pam Crispi Foster
Folder 69: Farrel W. Keith (printed digital copy), [ca. 1942]View associated digital content.
Donor: Clyde Keith
Folder 70: A.G. Kirchner (printed digital copies), [ca. 1930s]
Donor: Bob Kirchner
Item 1: A.G. KirchnerView associated digital content.
Inscription on front: "A.G. Kirchner joined navy in Houston, Tex, born in Uvalde, Tex"
Item 2: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry HopkinsView associated digital content.
Item 3: Seaplane on USS Houston (CA-30)View associated digital content.
Inscription on front: "The Houston had 4 seaplanes. A.G. took first 'catapult shot' off this catapult. He almost lost life during recovery."
Item 4: USS Houston (CA-30), Cocos IslandView associated digital content.
Inscription on front: "USS Houston at Cocos Isla[nd]"
Folder 71: Lawrence F. Kondzela (printed digital copy), [ca. 1940s]View associated digital content.
Donor: Susan Pogue
Folder 72: Herbert A. Levitt, New York City, 1946View associated digital content.
Donor: Kathie Levitt Tiedeman
Folder 73: Capt. George Mensch and Liz Wachendorfer, 1983
Folder 74: Capt. George Mensch and Liz Wachendorfer, 1983
Folder 75: Capt. George Mensch and Liz Wachendorfer, 1983
Folder 76: Capt. George Mensch and Liz Wachendorfer, 1983
Folder 77: Dan Moody, undatedView associated digital content.

Caption on white card: *Moody, Dan--Governor of Texas during launching of USS Houston (CA 30), 7 Sept. 1929*; Caption on back: *Dan Moody, Governor of Texas, Head of Delegation. Jensen Studio, photographers, Austin, Texas.*

Dan Moody, Governor of Texas during launching of USS Houston (CA-30)

Jensen Studio Photographers

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 78: William Dow Newton, undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "William Dow Newton S 1/c, b. 23 March 1921, lost at sea in Java Sea battle, 1 March 1942. Assigned to USS Houston at Iloilo, P.I."

Donor: Mrs. C.L. Abrahamson

Folder 79: Nickel, Henry, ca. 1930s and 1947
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Item 1: Henry NickelView associated digital content.
Item 2: Henry Nickel being presented with the Bronze Star by Capt. A.C. OlneyView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: *Capt. A.C. Olney , USN presents Bronze Star with Combat V to Nichels, H. CBM.*
Folder 80: Capt. Jesse B. Oldendorf, undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 81: Howard E. Orem (CL-81), [Naval History Division, Office of Chief of Naval Operations], undated
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 82: [Lennart O.] Peterson, 1938View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "5/14/1938, Peterson - gunnermate, lost life in prison war camp - after ship sank"

Donor: Everett L. Malone

Folder 83: John C. Reas, [Dallas, Texas], [ca. 1947]View associated digital content.
Donor: Vickie Keehr
Folder 84: Lester W. Rehfeld, 1941
Donor: Harold J. “Hap” Heidel
Item 1: Lester W. Rehfeld with Philippine children, Tawi Tawi, PhilippinesView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: *Lester 'Les' Rehfeld at the sea shore by the crater at Tawi Tawi*
Item 2: Lester W. Rehfeld, Tawi Tawi, PhilippinesView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Bongato, Tobatto, Tawi Tawi, Philippine Islands. Fall of 1941 -"
Folder 85: Lester W. Rehfeld, undated
Donor: Harold J. “Hap” Heidel
Item 1: Lester W. Rehfeld at parents' house in Freeport, Illinois, September 1940View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "On boot leave, Sept. 1940 - in Freeport at folks home"
Folder 86: Valdon Roberts, [ca. 1947]View associated digital content.
Folder 87: Capt. Albert H. Rooks, ca. 1940View associated digital content.
(copy print, Naval Historical Center)
Folder 88: Capt. Albert H. Rooks, 1941View associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 89: Capt. Albert H. Rooks, 1941View associated digital content.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
Folder 90: Capt. Albert H. Rooks, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 91: Capt. Albert H. Rooks, [ca. 1942]View associated digital content.

Caption on front, attached card: *Albert Harold Rooks, was born in Colton, Washington on December 29, 1891. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned Ensign on June 5, 1914. Captain Rooks assumed command of the USS Houston, flagship of the Asiatic Fleet, on August 28, 1941. Six months later, to the day, Captain Rooks was killed in action during Houston's last battle. Posthumously, Captain Albert Harold Rooks, USN was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the citation for which reads in part, 'For extraordinary heroism, outstanding courage, gallantry in action and distinguished service in the line of his profession, etc...'

Donor: Battleship Texas

Box 3
Folder 1: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935View associated digital content.

Inscription on front: "Roosevelt, 1935"

Donor: John C. Reas

Folder 2: Franklin D. Roosevelt, ca. 1930sView associated digital content.
Folder 3: Franklin D. Roosevelt, ca. 1930sView associated digital content.
Folder 4: Franklin D. Roosevelt, ca. 1930s
Item 1: Franklin D. Roosevelt with Marines on deck of USS HoustonView associated digital content.
Folder 5: Franklin D. Roosevelt and party aboard Houston, [copy print, U.S. Naval Academy Library], ca. 1930s
Folder 6: Henry L. Roosevelt, 1935
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 7: Henry L. Roosevelt, undatedView associated digital content.
Folder 8: R.E. Saunders and other crew members, undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: *Looking from left- Robert E. Saunders, Andy (no last name), Myers (no last name)*

Donor: Owen Saunders

Folder 9: Otto Schwarz (printed digital copy), [ca. 1940-1941]View associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Otto Schwarz, age: 17, Manila, P.I., 1940"

Donor: Trudy Schwarz

Folder 10: Otto Schwarz, Union, New Jersey, undated
Donor: Trudy Schwarz
Folder 11: Otto Schwarz with Edward, John, and Trudy Schwarz, Branchbrook Park, Newark, New Jersey, [ca. 1955]View associated digital content.
Donor: Trudy Schwarz
Folder 12: A.D. Simpson, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 13: Jack L. Smith with American flag, undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Item 1: Jack L. Smith with American flag made in POW campView associated digital content.
Folder 14: Jack D. and June Smith, 2003
Folder 15: John Stefanek and Suho Suomi, 1945View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Suho W. Suomi, Sea 1/C., Calcutta, India, Sept. 15th 1945, John B. Stefanek (right of picture)"
Folder 16: Curtis D. Wilbur, undated
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 17: James Raydell Wilson, [Camp Pendleton, California], [ca. August 1941]View associated digital content.
Donors: The Wilson, Raney + Drees Families
Folder 18: Walter B. Woodson, [ca. 1934-1935]
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box 54
Folder 5: William Baggaley, 1936View associated digital content.

Caption on white card: "Baggaley, William, Capt., Commanding USS Houston (CA 30) 3 Jan. 1933 - 6 June 1934."; Inscription on front: "The Cruiser Houston Committee with best wishes for the continuing success of the U.S.S. Houston, W. Baggaley Capt. U.S.U Coudy, Officer W.S.S. Houston from 3 Jan 1933 to 6 June 1934"

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 6: Guy Baker, undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on front: " All best wishes to the Cruiser Houston Committee, Houston, Tx. Guy Baker Capt. U S N Comdg USS Houston."

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 7: Jesse B. Oldendorf, 1940View associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 8: Claude A. Swanson, undatedView associated digital content.

Caption on white card: "Swanson, Claude A., Secretary of the Navy. Aboard USS Houston (CA 30) 11 - 23 Mar. 1939."

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 11: Jesse B. Gay, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 12: Edwin F. Hoofer, ca. 1939View associated digital content.
Donor: Pam Crispi Foster
Sub-Series 11: Memorials
Box 3
Folder 19: Commemoration service, USS McCluskey, 1992
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 20: Dedication Ceremony, Capt. Albert Harold Rooks Memorial, September 24, 1960
Donor: Robert B. Fulton
Folder 21: Presentation of painting, 50th Anniversary of Battle of Sunda Strait, 1992
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 22: USS Houston (CA-30) monument, undated
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
Folder 23: USS Houston (CA 30) plaque, Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 24: Houston Volunteers monument dedication, William A. Bernrieder and Mrs. William Glassford, 1974
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 25: Houston Volunteers monument, 1985
Folder 26: Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, undated
Folder 27: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (“Punchbowl”), Honolulu, undated
Donor: Robert Pistole
Folder 28: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (“Punchbowl”) plaque, Honolulu, undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 29: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (“Punchbowl”), Honolulu, undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 30: Plaque, undated
Folder 31: Rooks, Albert H. plaque, Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 32: Wreath laying ceremony, Brisbane, Australia, 1992
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 33: Wreath laying ceremony, Sunda Strait, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 34: Wreath laying ceremony, Sunda Strait, 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Sub-Series 12: Model, USS Houston (CA-30)
Box 3
Folder 35: Model Presentation, USS Houston (CA 30), 1958View associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Model presentation, USS Houston (CA-30), from 3rd from right, Elisabeth Holcombe Crosswell, A.D. Simpson, William A. Bernreider
Item 2: Model presentation, USS Houston (CA-30), from 3rd from right, Elisabeth Holcombe Crosswell, A.D. Simpson, William A. Bernreider
Item 3: Model presentation, USS Houston (CA-30), Mr. Ewing, Mr. L. B. Christenson (who repaired and repainted model)View associated digital content.
Inscription on white card: "For Mr. Simpson to send to Mr. Ewing and Mr. Brochstein - Left to right, Mr. Ewing, Mr. L. B. Christenson who repaired, repainted the model for the Cruiser Houston Committee"
Item 4: Model presentation, USS Houston (CA-30), Oscar Holcombe, Elisabeth Holcombe Crosswell, A.D. SimpsonView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Oscar Holcombe, Elisabeth Holcombe Crosswell, A.D. Simpson"
Folder 36: Model, USS Houston (CA 30), 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 37: Model, USS Houston (CA 30), 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Sub-Series 13: Other
Box 3
Folder 38: Formal surrender of Japan, September 2, 1945, 1945
Donor: Doris Smith
Folder 39: Iloilo and Olongapo, Philippine Islands, 1941View associated digital content.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Item 1: Customs house, Iloilo, Philippine Islands, 1941View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "This is the customs house in Iloilo. [Illegible words] took some time ago."
Item 2: Filipino farmer, Olongapo, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
nscription on back: "This is a common sight - I've seen so many I don't even look any more. Olongapo - P.I."
Item 3: Gardens, Iloilo, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: *This is a picture of the gardens in a section of Iloilo. See the girls blushing!*
Item 4: Goat, Iloilo, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "How do you like this goat? Iloilo, PI, 1941"
Item 5: Main Street, Olongapo, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: *I walked down this street. I got these cards at this drug store on the front--see the buggy--that’s the taxies!*
Item 6: Men with boa constrictor, Olongapo, Philippine Islands, 17 February 1941View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "How would you like to have this as a pet? It was caught in the port we were in about 2 wks ago. F. Pistole, Olongapo, P.I., Feb. 17, 1941"
Item 7: Moro fisherman with Bonka boat, Iloilo, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: *This is a Moro fisherman fixing his fishing gear. Iloilo, P.I., 1941. Looks like you Pop. Notice the carving he has done on his bonka or boat.*
Item 8: Philippine house, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "houses they live in out here. Some place huh. "Butch." South Sea Islands, 1941."
Item 9: Prison, Iloilo, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: *This is the prison in Iloilo. I don't want to get locked up here. Ha. Tell Earl [Deane?] That is a letter Philippines Bay in the picture, 1941.*
Item 10: Spanish fort, San Antonio Abad, Manila, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "This is a picture of the famous old Spanish fort San Antonio Abad. We train here. This is the front entrance. Notice the palm tree on the left hand corner and the stone work! My pal took these pictures. Love "B[utch]"."
Item 11: Statue, El Pueblo de Zamboanga, Iloilo, Philippine Islands, 1941View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: *This is a statue in front of the place where we ate in Iloilo, P.I., 1941, 'Butch'*
Item 12: Tailor with pressing iron, Iloilo, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "This is a tailor with his charcoal pressing iron. Iloilo, P.I., 1941."
Item 13: Upper-class house, Iloilo, Philippine IslandsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Here is one of the finer homes in Iloilo. 1941. Iloilo. Frank Pistole"
Folder 40: Newport News Shipyard, 1928View associated digital content.

Caption on white card: "Newport News Shipyard, marked to show "exact spot where U.S.S. Houston being built." ca. 1928-29."

Inscription on front: "Exact spot where USS Houston being built by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News Va"

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 41: Porthole, 1992
Otto Schwarz
Sub-Series 14: POW Experience
Box 3
Folder 42: Burma-Thai railway and POW camp, [1942-1945]View associated digital content.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Item 1: POWs in 55 Kilo Camp, BurmaView associated digital content.
Item 2: Railway trestle for Buma-Thai Railway south of Hintok Station, ThailandView associated digital content.
Item 3: Train on Burma-Thai RailwayView associated digital content.
Folder 43: Burma-Thai  railway and POW camp, [1942-1945]View associated digital content.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Item 1: POW campView associated digital content.
Item 2: POW camp, ThailandView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Prisoner of war camp. (Thailand but typical of all in Burma and Thailand.)"
Item 3: POW camp, ThailandView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Prisoner of war camp. (Thailand but typical of all in Burma and Thailand.)"
Item 4: POW camp, ThailandView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Prisoner of war camp. (Thailand but typical of all in Burma and Thailand.)"
Item 5: POW camp, ThailandView associated digital content.
Item 6: POWs at urinal at POW campView associated digital content.
Item 7: POWs in POW campView associated digital content.
Item 8: POWs in POW campView associated digital content.
Item 9: POWs in POW campView associated digital content.
Item 10: POWs in POW campView associated digital content.
Item 11: POWs in POW campView associated digital content.
Item 12: Unidentified crowdView associated digital content.
Folder 44: Burma-Thai railway, POWs working on, and POW camp, [1942-1945]
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Item 1: Aerial view of Burma-Thai RailwayView associated digital content.
Item 2: Burma-Thai Railway near Kanchanaburi, Thailand, [approximately 1945]View associated digital content.
Item 3: Concrete bridge and Burma-Thai Railway train, Tamarkan, ThailandView associated digital content.
Item 4: Concrete bridge at Tamarkan, ThailandView associated digital content.
Item 5: Cutting, Burma-Thai RailwayView associated digital content.
Item 6: POWs building Burma-Thai RailwayView associated digital content.
Item 7: Train on Burma-Thai RailwayView associated digital content.
Caption on front: "The Death Railway at Chong Kai, Thailand"
Item 8: Train on wooden trestle, Burma-Thai RailwayView associated digital content.
Item 9: Train, Burma-Thai RailwayView associated digital content.
Folder 45: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, [1945]View associated digital content.
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
Item 1: POWs with nurse, evacuation from Rat Buri, ThailandView associated digital content.
Item 2: POWs with nurse, evacuation from Rat Buri, ThailandView associated digital content.
Folder 46: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, [1945]
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
Item 1: POWs awaiting evacuation from Rat Buri, ThailandView associated digital content.
Item 2: POWs awaiting evacuation from Rat Buri, ThailandView associated digital content.
Folder 47: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, [1945]View associated digital content.
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
Item 1: POW's belongings, Rat Buri, ThailandView associated digital content.
Item 2: POWs awaiting evacuation from Rat Buri, ThailandView associated digital content.
Folder 48: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, [1945]
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
Item 1: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, (Image 1)View associated digital content.
Item 2: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, (Image 2)View associated digital content.
Item 3: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, (Image 3)View associated digital content.
Item 4: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, (Image 4)View associated digital content.
Item 5: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, (Image 5)View associated digital content.
Item 6: Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, (Image 6)View associated digital content.
Folder 49: Evacuation of POWs, USS Chenango, Nagasaki, Japan, 1945View associated digital content.

The aircraft carrier USS Chenango evacuated approximately 1,900 Allied POWs from Japan.

Caption on white card: "Group photo of Navy and Marine personnel aboard jeep carrier USS Chenango in Nagasaki, Japan, Sept., 1945."

Inscription on back: 1st Row: 1) McFarland MC, 2) Voght, 3) Castro, 4) Fergeson, 5) Benel, 2nd Row: 1) Quick MC, 2) Weeks, 3) Krekan, 4) Wilker, 5) Wampler, 6) Warkin, 3rd Row: 1) Battles MC, 2) Detre, 3) Hurd, 4) Bukowsky MC "

Donor: George E. Detre

Folder 50: Evacuation of POWs, [1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Item 1: Man playing cards, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Item 2: Men at ease, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Item 3: Men gathered for group photo, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Item 4: Men in front of tent, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Item 5: Men walking through field, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Folder 51: Evacuation of POWs, [1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Item 1: Men exiting plane, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Item 2: Men gathered around Jeep, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Item 3: Men gathered in field, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Item 4: Men gathered next to plane, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Item 5: Men loading Jeep into plane, evacuation of POWsView associated digital content.
Folder 52: Japanese soldiers, Ohasi, Japan, 1945View associated digital content.

Caption on white card: "Japanese soldiers in formation at prisoner of war camp, Ohasi, Japan, Aug., 1945."

Donor: Henry P. Thew

Folder 53: Harold McManus, Harry Stone, and Colonel Suga, [ca.1945]
Item 1: Harold McManus, Harry Stone, and unknown Australian squatting by corpse of Colonel SugaView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "From left to right - Harold McManus - (Harry Stone died in 1962) unknown caption 'Aussie.' Dead - Col. Suga, head of POW camp where Harold was on Borneo. This picture was taken on a small island off Borneo--where they were guarding Suga."
Folder 54: POW in mine repair shop, Ohasi, Japan, 1943View associated digital content.

Caption on white card: "Collins (shipfitter). Photograph made in mine repair shop, prisoner of war camp, Ohasi, Japan, ca. 1943."

Inscription on back: "Ohasi, Japan (Approx. 1943), This is Collins (ship fitter) - A very interesting character. I was a member of his group called "Joe-toe" Enterprises. We made gloves out of blankets for trade. Picture is taken in the mine repair shop yard. Collins spent his time welding ore cars. I worked a couple of levels up in the "Din-sha" shop. We slowly helped repair electric mine tractors. "Hank Goonso" H.P. Thew FC 1/C."

Donor: Henry P. Thew

Folder 55: POW camp, Ohasi, Japan, August, 1945
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Item 1: Hakodate POW Camp 3, Ohasi, JapanView associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "Overview of Hakodate P.O.W. Camp 3, Ohasi, Japan, Aug., 1945."
Folder 56: POW camp, Ohasi, Japan, August, 1945
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Item 1: Five men at POW camp, with Henry Thew second from right, Ohasi, Japan, (Image 1)View associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "Group photo made at prisoner of war camp, Ohasi, Japan, Aug., 1945. Thew is second from right."
Item 2: Five men at POW camp, with Henry Thew second from right, Ohasi, Japan, (Image 2)View associated digital content.
Caption on white card: "Group photo made at prisoner of war camp, Ohasi, Japan, Aug., 1945. Thew is second from right."
Folder 57: POWs, October, 1945
Donor: George E. Detre
Item 1: Group photograph, [Senju, Kyushu?] POW camp near Nag[asaki?], Japan, October, 1945View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Oct 1945, Jap POW camp after war. Detre. Senju [illegible words] 40 miles NW Nag[asaki?]."
Folder 58: POWs, [1945]View associated digital content.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Folder 59: POW Flag, [2002]
Donor: Beryl Striewski
Sub-Series 15: Silver Service
Box 3
Folder 60: Silver service, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 61: Silver service, undated
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Photograph of coffee urn and cups from the ship’s silver service, which was presented by the people of the city of HoustonView associated digital content.
Item 2: Silver serviceView associated digital content.
Item 3: Silver serviceView associated digital content.
Folder 62: Silver service, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 63: Silver service. Walter E. Monteith and William A. Bernrieder, [1930?]
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Sub-Series 16: Ships, Other
Box 3
Folder 64: Cleveland class cruiser, [copy print, National Archives], undated
Folder 65: HMAS Perth, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 66: HM de Ruyter, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 67: HM de Ruyter, undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "H.M. De Ruyter, Keel layed on September 16, 1933. Serviced on October 3, 1936. It was the ship of the commander of the Combined Striking Force, Rear Admiral Karel Doorman. Torpedoed on Feb. 27, 1942 by cruiser 'Haguro' and sunk on Feb. 28, 1942 near Bawean."

Donor: Otto Schwarz

Folder 68: HM Evertsen, undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "H.M. Evertsen: Built on Aug. 5, 1925. Serviced on Apr. 12, 1928. Grounded on March 1, 1942 near isle of Sebuku Besar in a battle, together with USS Houston and HMAS Perth in Sunda Straight"

Donor: Otto Schwarz

Folder 69: HM Java, undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "H.M. Java, Keel layed on May 31, 1916. Serviced on May 1, 1925. Participated in Battle of Bandung Strait (Feb. 19, 1942). Torpedoed by Japanese Heavy Cruiser, Nachi. Sunk 35 miles S.W. of Isle of Bawean."

Donor: Otto Schwarz

Folder 70: HM Kortenaer, undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "H.M. Kortenaer, Keel layed down on Aug. 24, 1925. Serviced on September 3, 1928. Torpedoed by Japanese Cruiser, Haguro on Feb. 27, 1942 in Battle of Java Sea and sunk about 43 miles S.W. of Isle of Bawean."

Donor: Otto Schwarz

Folder 71: HM Witte de With, undatedView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "H.M. Witte de With, Keel layed on May 27, 1927. Serviced on Feb. 20, 1930. This ship escorted on Feb. 27, 1942, the damaged British cruiser HMS Exeter to Surabaia docks. On March 2, 1942 this ship was destroyed by its own crew, after damages by a Japanese air raid on Surabaia Navy docks"

Donor: Otto Schwarz

Folder 72: USS Louisville (CA 28), [copy print, National Archives], undated
Folder 73: USS Miami (CL 89), [copy print, U.S. Naval Photographic Center], 1944
Box 54
Folder 13: HMAS Perth, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Sub-Series 17: Special Occasions
Box 3
Folder 74: Christmas, 1935
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Item 1: Crew members with Christmas fruitcake given to them by the Cruiser Houston CommitteeView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Christmas party, 1935, U.S.S. Houston. 600 lbs Texas fruit cake given to officers and men by the U.S.S. Houston Committee with scroll."
Folder 75: Christmas, 1936View associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. Our guests arrive aboard."
Item 1: Lt. Cdr. Inglis, the Chairman, welcomes the guestsView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. Lt Comdr Inglis, the Chairman, welcomes the guests"
Item 2: Lt. Vanzant, a native of Houston, presenting the city's gift to the shipView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. Lieut Vanzant, a native of Houston, presenting the city's gift to the ship."
Item 3: The Seagoing CowboysView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. The Seagoing Cowboys. (Note Christmas present from City of Houston in red and white bunting on left)"
Folder 76: Christmas, 1936
Item 1: Capt. Guy Baker accepts the piano for the shipView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. Captain Baker accepts the piano for the ship with thanks to the City of Houston."
Item 2: Mrs. Pressler plays the pianoView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. The piano is immediately pressed in to service. Mrs. Pressler plays 'La Paloma.'"
Item 3: Sparks Owens entertains with a sawView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day 1936. 'Sparks' Okins entertains with a saw."
Item 4: USS Houston (CA-30) presented with a pianoView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day 1936. The present is unwrapped. A piano!"
Folder 77: Christmas, 1936
Item 1: Carolyn Londahl entertains with a tap danceView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day 1936. Carolyn Londahl entertains with a tap dance."
Item 2: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy and Toar entertainView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day 1936. Popeye, Olive Oil, Wimpie and Toar"
Item 3: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy and Toar entertainView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. Popeye & cast again"
Item 4: Ray Nantz entertains with a harmonicaView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. Ray Nantz entertains with harmonica."
Folder 78: Christmas, 1936
Item 1: Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse on deckView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day, 1936. Santa Claus, assisted by Mickey Mouse, presenting the gifts."
Item 2: Santa Claus on deckView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "USS Houston, Christmas Day 1936. Santa Claus arrives! (Note 12 side boys)"
Folder 79: Christmas, ChristmasView associated digital content.

Inscription on back: "Long Beach, Calif - Christmas party for underprivileged children hosted by USS Houston. Capt Guy Baker, USS C.O. at the right. The piano uncrated was given to the crew of the ship by USS Houston Committee and generous citizens who donated to the fund. Handsome scroll marks the occasion also, presented by the USS Houston Comittee, 1936."

Donor: William A. Bernrieder

Folder 80: Christmas piano, 1936View associated digital content.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Folder 81: Houston Ball, The Canidrome, Shanghai, 1930View associated digital content.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
Box 54
Folder 14: Farewell Dance, June 11, 1937View associated digital content.

Inscription on front: "U.S.S. Houston. Farewell Dance. Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles June 11, 1937."

Donor: Fred Viskovich

Sub-Series 18: Sports Activities
Box 3
Folder 82: Baseball team, 1940-1941
Donor: John Stefanek
Item 1: John B. Stefanek, USS Houston baseball team, Manila, PhilippinesView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Phillippines - Manila, early - 1940, John B. Stefanek"
Item 2: John Wisecup (left), John B. Stefanek (front) and two other members of the USS Houston baseball team, Manila, PhilippinesView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Manila - P.I., early - 1940. John Wisecup - on left. John B. Stefanek (in front)."
Item 3: USS Houston baseball team, Manila, PhilippinesView associated digital content.
Inscription on back: "Manila, Phillippine Islands, early - 1940."
Folder 83: Baseball team, [ca. 1940]View associated digital content.
Donor: Robert B. Fulton
Folder 84: Boxing, Frank L.H. Pistole, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Folder 85: Boxing, Frank L.H. Pistole, undatedView associated digital content.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Sub-Series 19: Additions 2010-2015
Box 59
Folder 19: Henry Nickel Receiving Bronze Star, 1940s
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Folder 20: USS Houston, 1930s
Donor: Richard A. Schaffer
Folder 21: Mr. William M. Slough, undated
Donor: Carolyn Laceky
Folder 22: FDR Cruise on USS Houston, 1934
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 23: FDR Cruise on the USS Houston, 1935
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 24: FDR Cruise on the USS Houston, 1938
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 25: FDR Cruise on the USS Houston, 1939
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 26: Photos of Ralph Edgar Morris, 1937
Donor: Joseph L. McCain
Folder 27: Photos with Albert M. “Hap” Kelly, 1930s - 1953
Donor: Joseph L. McCain

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Photographs, 1917-2003],
[Series 2: Negatives and Slides, 1927-2002],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1932-2000],
[Series 4: Diaries, 1941-[1945]],
[Series 5: The Blue Bonnet newsletter, 1933-2014],
[Series 6: Deck Logs, 1940-1942],
[Series 7: Reports, [ca. 1942] - 1947],
[Series 8: Statements, 1945-1950],
[Series 9: Rosters, 1942-1998],
[Series 10: POW Camp Records, 1942-1945],
[Series 11: Citations, 1942-1949],
[Series 12: Certificates, 1924-1998],
[Series 13: Programs, 1930-2014],
[Series 14: Booklets and Pamphlets, 1934-1997],
[Series 15: Documents, 1929-1995],
[Series 16: Newsletters, 1930-1996],
[Series 17: Articles, 1941-2004],
[Series 18: Clippings, 1929-2002],
[Series 19: Personal Accounts],
[Series 20: Typescripts/Historical Accounts],
[Series 21: Oral Histories],
[Series 22: Commemorative Booklets],
[Series 23: Poetry],
[Series 24: Speeches],
[Series 25: Scrapbooks],
[Series 26: Invitations],
[Series 27: Menus],
[Series 28: Memorabilia],
[Series 29: Film, Video, and DVD Recordings],
[Series 30: Audio Recordings],
[Series 31: Maps and Ships' Plans],
[Series 32: Miscellaneous Artworks],
[Series 33: Framed Items],
[Series 34: Plaques],
[Series 35: Exhibits],
[Series 36: Preston Clark],
[Series 37: 2010-2015 Additions],
[Series 38: USS Houston Survivors’ Association and Next Generation Records],
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