27 Feb '15, 2am

Lest we forget #USSHouston @USPacificFleet @SurfaceWarriors @DESRON_7 @usembassyjkt

Lest we forget #USSHouston @USPacificFleet @SurfaceWarriors @DESRON_7 @usembassyjkt

Houston was now left alone, surrounded by enemy ships and aircraft. In quick succession she was hit by shell and torpedo but continued to fight on. Some time after 01:30, having been hit scores of times, faced with extensive flooding below decks, out of ammunition for her main guns, and with fires raging out of control, Capt. Albert Rooks, the commanding officer, gave the order to abandon ship. Only minutes later he was killed by an exploding Japanese shell. Houston was bathed in the glare of Japanese searchlights, still under heavy fire and settling by the bow when her surviving crew gave her to the sea. As she began her final plunge one survivor wrote that “it seemed as a sudden breeze picked up the Stars and Stripes, still firmly blocked on the mainmast, and waved them in one last defiant gesture.” Other survivors saw red tracer fire still spitting out of a machine gun ...

Full article: http://www.navalhistory.org/2015/02/26/enemy-forces-engag...

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