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Ghosts of Sunda Strait: USS Houston and HMAS Perth

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Published on May 26, 2007

My first attempt at tributing two wrecks at the same time.
March 1st 1942: Trapped by an overwhelming Japanese Naval Force, the Northampton Class Heavy Cruiser USS Houston and the Austrailian Light Cruiser HMAS Perth put up a last ditch effort to stave off defeat at the Sunda Straits. Dispite heroic resistance, both ships succumbed to their wounds around midnight, taking most of their crews with them.
Regardless: a vaialnt last stand wasn't enough to save Perth and Houston's survivors from the horror of the Japanese Prison Camps. By the time the war end only 218 of Perth's 686 man crew and 291 of Houston's 1,061 man crew were left alive, the rest succumbed to torture, disease and starvation in Japanese POW and Slave Labor Camps.

Song: Sleeping Sun
Artist: Nightwish
Subject: USS Houston and HMAS Perth

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