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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 28: Memorabilia
The Memorabilia series contains primarily objects that are related to the USS Houston (CA-30), the prisoner of war camps, or the USS Houston Survivors Association. The ship’s bell, the ship’s model, and two crew member uniforms are on permanent exhibit in the library.
Box 32
Folder 28: Address book, [1945]
Donor: John Stefanek
Folder 29: Airplane pieces, 1934
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 30: Allied Forces Leave Pass, Camp No. 24, [ca. 1945]
Donor: George E. Detre
Folder 31: Baggage tag, [1942-1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Folder 32: Boy Scouts exhibit prepared by Robert E. Fulton (grandson of Robert A. Fulton), undated
Donor: Robert B. Fulton
Folder 33: Bumper sticker, USS Houston (CA-30), 2001
Folder 34: Bumper sticker, USS Houston (SSN-713), undated
Folder 35: Button, Ted “Itch” Schram, 2001
Donor: Family of Ted Schram
Folder 36: Calendar pages, 1992
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 37: Card, Christmas, 1932
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 38: Card, Christmas, 1935
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 39: Card, Happy New Year, Changi Camp, Singapore, [ca. 1942-1945]
Folder 40: Cigarette wrappers, beer labels, [1942-1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Folder 41: Commemorative broadside, undated
Folder 42: Crossing the Line certificates, subpoena, May 20, 1936
Donor: Fred Viskovich
Folder 43: Crossing the Line songs, memos, July, 1938
Donor: Fred Viskovich
Folder 44: Crossing the Line subpoena, (printed digital copy), May 20, 1936
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
Folder 45: Currency, [ca. 1940s]
Donor: George E. Detre
Folder 46: Currency, [ca. 1940s]. Donor: Robert Pistole, [ca. 1940s]
Currency, [ca. 1940s]. Donor: Robert Pistole
Folder 47: Currency, [ca. 1940s]
Donor: John Stefanek
Folder 48: Currency, [ca. 1940s]
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Folder 49: Dance card, Christmas Ball, December 22, 1934
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 50: Flag, undated
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Folder 51: Form for writing to POWs, 1944
Donor: George E. Detre
Folder 52: Honorable Discharge case, [ca. 1940s]
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
Folder 53: Honorable Discharge Certificate (photocopy), November 19, 1937
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 54: Identification Card, Allied Prisoner of War under Naval Jurisdiction, Robert B. Fulton, undated
Donor: Robert B. Fulton
Folder 55: I.D. number, bath stamp, with description, [1942-1945]
Donor: James E. Reynolds
Folder 56: I.D. tags, [1942-1945]
Donor: William J. Stewart
Folder 57: Letter [for athletic achievement], ca. 1940s
Donor: John Stefanek
Folder 58: Letter of authenticity for oil collected from USS Houston (CA-30), with photograph of oil, March 1, 2003
Donor: Bradley D. Gift
Box 33
Folder 1: Liberty card, March 1, 19[??]
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Folder 2: Liberty passes, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s]
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 3: Liberty pass, USS Houston, [ca. 1935-1939]
Donor: Fred Viskovich
Folder 4: Liberty pass, USS Minneapolis, undated
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
Folder 5: Matchbooks, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s]
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 6: Matchbook, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s]
Donor: Steve Kovacs
Folder 7: Medical tag, 1945
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Folder 8: Memorial cards, Frank Dethloff and Robert Lee Dethloff, 1989
Folder 9: Movie passes, 1940
Donor: Vivian Barber
Folder 10: Napkin, USS Rentz (FFG-46), undated
Folder 11: Obituary of John C. Reas, laminated, 2003
Donors: Wallace and Vicki Keehr
Folder 12: Patch, Red Cross, [1942-1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Folder 13: Patch, USS Houston Survivors Association, undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 14: Postage stamp, Panama Canal Zone, 1939
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 15: Postcard, U.S. Naval Operating Base, (printed digital copy), Hampton Roads, Va., 1937
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 16: Postcard, USS Houston, [ca. 1929]
Donor: Sean Ellerbee
Folder 17: Postcards, Australians Under Fire, undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 18: Postcards, Real Photo, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s]
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 19: Postcards, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s]
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 20: Postcards, USS Houston, undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
Folder 21: Postcard, 1936
Donor: Harry T. Kelley
Folder 22: Poster, 1940
Folder 23: Pouch, [1942-1945]
Donor: George E. Detre
Folder 24: Prayer read at launch of USS Houston (CA-30), 1929
Folder 25: Printed pictures, 1935
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Folder 26: Radio script, WHMA, 1945
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Folder 27: Receipt for POW package, [1942-1945]
Donor: George E. Detre
Folder 28: Red Cross food transport label, [1942-1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Folder 29: School assignment by granddaughter of “Joe” Gans, 1998
Donor: Rich Gans
Folder 30: Sheet music, USS Houston (CL-81), The Houston Fight Song
Donor: Battleship Texas
Folder 31: Ship's service coupons, 1942
Donor: H.E. Brooks
Folder 32: Stamps, American Ex-Prisoners of War, [ca. 1950s]
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Folder 33: Stamp, Battle of Java Sea 1942, Marshall Islands, 1992
Donor: Johan van Leer
Folder 34: Stamps, World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Series, 1991
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 35: Stamps, [1942-1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Folder 36: Stationary, USS Houston, undated
Donor: Lynn Porter
Folder 37: Sticker, USS McClusky (FFG-41)
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 38: Stickers, USS Rentz (FFG-46)
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Folder 39: Territorian Lottery: Battle of Australia (photocopy), [ca. 1990s]
Donor: Jack Feliz
Folder 40: Ticket for Valdon S. Roberts, Air Transport Command, September 9, 1945
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
Folder 41: U.S. Navy Free Mailing Cards, undated
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
Folder 42: War ration book, 1943
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
Folder 43: World Revival Hymns book, 1939
Donor: William J. Stewart
Box 34
Item 1: Flag flown on USS Houston by diver, October 3, 2001
Donor: Mason Logie
Box 35
Item 1: Flag flown on USS Houston by divers, March 1-2, 2002
Donor: Brad Smith
Box 36
Item 1: Food supply band, [1942-1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Item 2: Pouch, undated
Donor: Doris Smith
Item 3: Sleeve cuff, [1942-1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Box 37
Item 1: Belt buckle, 1940
Donor: Ray Sparks
Item 2: Crucifix and hearts, plexiglass, 1944
Donor: John Stefanek
Item 3: I.D. tag made by Lewis Biechlen, [1942-1945]
Donor: Eugene Crispi
Item 4: I.D. tag and medallion, [1942-1945]
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Item 5: I.D. tags, [1942-1945]
Donor: George E. Detre
Item 6: Keys, [ca. 1942-1945]
Donor: Harry T. Kelley
Item 7: Knife, [1942-1945]
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Item 8: Knife, ball bearing from air raid siren, Ohasi, Japan, 1945
Donor: William J. Stewart
Item 9: Match boxes, 1945
Donor: Joan Winklareth
Item 10: Rosary and box made from K-ration kit, [1942-1945]
Donor: Patricia Letze and Sharron Long
Item 11: Spoon, [1942-1945]
Donor: George E. Detre
Item 12: Wooden cross, die, [1942-1945]
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
Box 38
Item 1: Belt buckle, USS Houston Survivors Association, undated
Donor: C.W. Washburn
Item 2: Medals, William Martin DeShields, undated
Donor: Donald F. DeShields
Item 3: Medals, Claude Marvin Cherry, Jr., 1941 and undated
Donor: Donald A. Cherry
Box 39
Item 1: Medals, Henry Nickel, undated
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box 40
Item 1: Acey-deucy board and pieces, Takefu POW Camp, [1942-1945]
Donor: J.P. O'Grady
Box 41
Item 1: Sculpture made from ammunition, undated
Box 42
Item 1: Bowl and spoon, [1942-1945]
Donor: John Stefanek
Item 2: I.D. tag, [1942-1945]
Donor: John Stefanek
Box 43
Item 1: Billfold and flag, [1942-1945]
Donor: John C. Reas
Box 44
Item 1: Coins, commemorative (two), 2002
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Item 2: Spike from Burma-Thai Railway, framed, inscribed, [ca. 1983]
Donor: John Schwarz
Box 45
Item 1: Flag made in POW camp, Saigon, Indochina, [1945]
Donor: Doris Smith
Box 46
Item 1: Oil collected from USS Houston (CA-30) by diver, January 26, 2003
Donor: Bradley D. Gift
Box 47
Item 1: Pipe and tin, [ca. 1942-1945]
Donor: James E. Reynolds
Box 48
Item 1: Part of USS Houston’s deck, undated
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Item 2: Spike from Burma-Thai Railway, [ca. 1983]
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. J.M. Ballinger
Box 49
Item 1: Spike from Burma-Thai Railway, [ca. 1943-1944]
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Box 50
Item 1: Flags, [USS Houston (SSN-713) launch?], undated
Item 2: Red Cross convalescent kit bag, 1945
Donor: John Stefanek
Box 51
Item 1: Chief's Hat (SSN-713)
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
Item 2: Pillowcases, 1936
Donor: Mrs. H. E. Davis
Box 52
Item 1: Uniform of David Flynn (Radioman First Class), dress blues, 1945
Donor: David Flynn
Box 53
Item 1: Uniform of Henry Nickel (Chief Boatswain’s Mate), dress blue uniform with hat frame, late 1940s
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box 54
Folder 18: Poster, “Texans! Let’s Avenge The Cruiser Houston,” (reproduction), 1942
Box 55
Folder 3: Pennant, USS Houston (CA-30), [ca. 1945-1939]
Donor: Fred Viskovich
Folder 4: Posters, “Avenge the Houston!…with the Houston Volunteers,” (reproductions), 1942
Folder 10: Crossing the Line certificate, (printed digital copy), May 20, 1936
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
Folder 11: Pennants, USS Houston (SSN-713) launch, 1981
Folder 12: Proclamation, Texas Lost Battalion/USS Houston Survivors Days, 1985
Donor: C. Hartung
Folder 13: Rubbing of plaque at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, [ca. 1986]
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Folder 14: Signatures, USS Houston Survivors, on matboard, [ca. 1997]
Folder 15: Signs, USS Houston Survivors Association
Donor: Leonard W. Kooper
Box 59
Folder 31: Christmas Cards, 1930, 1934, 1940
Folder 32: Patch, undated
Donor: Jared Aaronson
Box 68
Item 1: Spike from Burma-Thai Railway, [ca. 1943-1944]
Donor: Skip Schilperoort
Box 71
Item 1: Jeath Museum, Thailand, 2004
Donor: Harry Kelley
OVS_Item 1: Steel from USS Houston, 1928
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
OVS_Item 2: Display box, Medals, Capt. Albert H. Rooks. On loan from Harold R. Rooks
OVS_Item 3: EXHIBIT, Bell, removed from ship prior to war. On loan from Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
OVS_Item 4: EXHIBIT, Model of USS Houston (CA 30) by Joseph T. Drummond, [ca. 1958]
OVS_Item 5: 4" Shell Case Recovered from HMAS Perth, sunk during the battle of Sunda Strait, March 1, 1942 (with plaque), June 1967

Plaque reads: "Recovered from the HMAS Perth by Australian diver Dave Burchell and presented to the City of Houston"

Donor: Battleship Texas


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]

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