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Wreck of USS Houston Identified

19 Aug 2014

In Feb 1942, USS Houston was sunk during the Battle of Sunda Strait, killing about 700. A wreck previously discovered in the region had been officially announced as that of the sunken cruiser. Some hull rivets and a metal plate was found to have been removed, and both US and Indonesian officials were said to be working on protecting the wreck as a grave site.

For more information:
Stars and Stripes: Navy divers confirm sunken wreck is WWII vessel USS Houston
WW2DB: USS Houston
WW2DB: Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java



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