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U.S.S. Houston and H.M.A.S. Perth

 
 
U.S.S. Houston and H.M.A.S. Perth Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 30, 2009
1. U.S.S. Houston and H.M.A.S. Perth Marker
Inscription.  
In Memory of the Crews of
U.S.S. Houston (CA-30)
and
H.M.A.S. Perth

"Still Standing Watch in Sunda Straits."

 
Erected 1994.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable EventsWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list.
 
Location. 38° 52.727′ N, 77° 4.063′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on McClellan Drive east of Grant Drive, on the left when traveling west. Marker is west of the McClellan Gate in Section 12 of the National Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 505th Parachute Infantry Regimental Combat Team (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Airborne Division (within shouting distance of this marker); McClellan Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); The Military Order of the World Wars
U.S.S. Houston and H.M.A.S. Perth Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 30, 2009
2. U.S.S. Houston and H.M.A.S. Perth Marker
View eastward with the McClellan Gate (the original entrance to Arlington National Cemetery) in the background.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Navy Bombing Squadron VB104 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 13th Airborne Division (about 300 feet away); 63rd Infantry Division (about 400 feet away); Catholic War Veterans, U.S.A. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS Houston (CV-30). Official web site for "The Galloping Coast of the Java Coast" (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. An History of the Australian Cruiser HMAS Perth. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Battle of Sunda Strait; 28 Feb-1 Mar 1942. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. U.S. Asiatic Fleet. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
5. ABDA Command, Southeast Asia, 1942. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
6. 2009 Asiatic Fleet Veterans Reunion. Marker for USS Houston and HMAS Perth This post is an excellent tribute to recognize the crews through the posting of the marker at Arlington. I was there with Asiatic Fleet / USS Houston veterans the day we placed the flowers shown in the picture. That week we
Heavy cruiser U.S.S. Houston - off San Diego, California, 1935 image. Click for full size.
Naval Historical Center
3. Heavy cruiser U.S.S. Houston - off San Diego, California, 1935
the last flagship of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet, 1940-42
also had several days with Asiatic Fleet veterans at their reunion events in Washington D.C. More photos of that week (including placing the flowers) are at this link. (Submitted on November 17, 2009, by Vic Campbell of Milton, Florida.) 
 
Additional keywords. U.S. Navy; Royal Australian Navy; U.S. Asiatic Fleet; American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDA COM); Cruisers; Prisoners of War; Indonesia.
 
Light cruiser H.M.A.S. Perth, 1940 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Australian War Memorial
4. Light cruiser H.M.A.S. Perth, 1940
in action against Italian and German forces in the Atlantic and Mediterranean prior to serving with ABDA COM in the Battle of the Java Sea and being sunk along with Houston in the Sunda Strait by the ascendant Imperial Japanese Navy on the night of 28 February/1 March 1942.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,834 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on November 17, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 2, 2022