University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Cruiser Houston Collection, 1917-2003



Descriptive Summary

Creator: USS Houston Survivors Association; other donors
Title: Cruiser Houston Collection
Dates: 1917-2003
Abstract: The heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) was named for the city and port of Houston. On March 1, 1942, the Houston was sunk by the Japanese in Sunda Strait, and her surviving crew members were taken prisoner of war. The collection contains materials in a wide variety of formats that document the history of the ship and her crew.
Identification: 1981-001
Quantity: 68 boxes, 9 scrapbooks, 10 oversize items, 28 framed items, ship’s model; 48 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Historical 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 Ships 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

Scope and Contents

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.”

Additional materials related to the history of the USS Houston (CA-30) and her crew may be found in the William A. Bernrieder Collection. 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 at http://info.lib.uh.edu/sca/digital/cruiser/cruiserh.htm.


Restrictions

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.


Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects (Persons)

Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945

Subjects

Houston (Cruiser : CA-30).
Java Sea, Battle of the (Indonesia), 1942
Sunda Strait, Battle of, Indonesia, 1942
Burma-Siam Railroad.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.

Formats

Diaries
Letters (correspondence)
Memorabilia
Negatives
Newsletters
Photographs
Paintings
Postcards
Reminiscences
Reports
Rosters
Scrapbooks
Videocassettes

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cruiser Houston Collection, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition Information

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.

Processed by

Andrea Bean Hough, 1995-1996

Additional processing by Katherine Fox, 1997-1998, and Julie Grob, 2000-2002

Reprocessed by Julie Grob, with Emily Irby and Miriam Rouziek, 2003-2004


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1917-2003

This series contains black & white and color photographic prints, including some oversize and panoramic prints. The photographs are arranged into sub-series by general subject. Within each sub-series, the photographs are in alphabetical order according to the subjects of the individual photograph. Some of the photographs are copies of prints from institutions such as the National Archives or the U.S. Naval Institute.
Box 4 includes a binder of photographs taken by a professional photographer at the 2002 USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion. If reproduced in print or on a website, or otherwise publicly displayed, these photographs must include the following credit line: Copyright Arturo Sanchez, Frank White Photography.
Bell, Ship’s
Box Folder
54 9 Bell, 1973.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
1 1 Bell, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
2 Bell, undated.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
(George R.) Brown Room Opening
Box Folder
1 3 William A. Bernrieder, 1981
4 William A. Bernrieder and Admiral Hayward Brown, 1981
5 Admiral Hayward Brown, 1981
6 Brown Room exhibit, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
7 Brown Room opening, 1981.
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
8 Brown Room opening, 1981.
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
9 Brown Room opening, 1981.
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
10 Brown Room opening, 1981.
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
11 Brown Room opening, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
12 Brown Room opening, 1981
13 Brown Room sign, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
14 Brown Room speakers, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
15 Contact sheets, 1981
16 Barry Munitz, 1981
17 Captain Albert H. Rooks Medals, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
18 Harold Rooks, 1981
Crew Members (Group Shots)
Box Folder
1 19 Chiefs, 1932.
Donor: Philip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee
20 Crew in China, [1932?].
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
21 Crew [in Japan?], [1930s]
Box Folder
54 1 Crew, Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Territory, [ca. 1941].
Donor: John Stefanek
OVS PAN
OVS PAN Crew, panoramic photograph, 1934
Box Folder
1 22 Crew, [1930s].
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
23 Crew members, 1938 and 1939
Donor: Everett L. Malone
24 Crew members, undated
Donor: Harold J. “Hap” Heidel
25 Crew members, USS Houston and USS Kent, Manila, P.I., 1933.
Donors: Phillip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee
26 F Division, Manila, P.I., 1941.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
27 Marine Detachment, 1932.
Donors: Phillip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee
28 Officers, 1936.
Donor: Story Sloane
USS Houston (AK-1)
Box Folder
1 29 USS Houston (AK 1), [copy prints, U.S. Naval Historical Center], 1917-1918
30 USS Houston (AK 1), undated
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
31 Werdenfels, undated
USS Houston (CA-30)
Box Folder
1 32 Design model, Navy Department, [1920s].
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
33 Naming campaign, 1927.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
34 Name announcement, 1927.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
OVS PAN
OVS PAN Christening party at White House, 1929
Box Folder
1 35 Christening party at White House, 1929
36 Launching ceremony, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
37 Launching ceremony, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
38 Launching ceremony, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
39 Launching ceremony, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
40 Launching ceremony, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
41 Launching ceremony, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
42 Launching ceremony, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
43 Launching ceremony, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
44 Ship Channel Cruise [removed from album page], 1936
45 USS Houston (CA-30) after refit, 1939-1940.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
46 USS Houston (CA 30), through gun site, [1942?].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
47 USS Houston (CA 30) under Brooklyn Bridge, undated
Box Folder
54 10 USS Houston in Caribbean, 1939.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
1 48 USS Houston (CA-30) in China, undated
49 USS Houston (CA-30) in Honolulu Harbor, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1933
50 USS Houston (CA-30) arrives at Honolulu, Presidential Cruise, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1934
OVS PAN
OVS PAN USS Houston (CA-30), Honolulu, Presidential Cruise, 1934
Box Folder
1 51 USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston, 1936.
Donor: Story Sloane
52 USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, [ca. 1930s]
53 USS Houston (CA-30) in Houston Ship Channel, [ca. 1930s]
54 USS Houston (CA 30) in dry dock in Manila, P.I., [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1939
55 USS Houston (CA-30) in Manila Bay, P.I., [1931?].
Donor: Ned Gallagher
56 USS Houston (CA-30) in Manila Bay, P.I. 1940.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
57 USS Houston (CA-30) in Manila Bay, P.I., 1941.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
58 USS Houston (CA-30) in San Diego, Presidential Cruise, 1932.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
59 USS Houston (CA-30) off San Diego, Presidential Cruise, [copy print, U.S. Naval Historical Center], 1935
60 USS Houston (CA-30) leaves San Diego, Presidential Cruise, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1935
61 USS Houston (CA 30) and San Jacinto Monument, 1939.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
62 USS Houston (CA-30) in San Francisco [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1937
63 USS Houston (CA-30) in San Francisco Bay [newspaper clipping], 1934
64 USS Houston (CA-30) at sea, 1935
Donor: Jack L. Williams
65 USSHouston (CA-30) at Shanghai, deck with airplanes, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], undated
66 USS Houston (CA-30) at Shanghai, [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], undated
67 USS Houston (CA-30) [in Shanghai?], [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1930's
68 USS Houston (CA-30) in Ship Channel, 1930.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
69 USS Houston (CA-30) in Ship Channel, [copy print, U.S. Naval Historical Center], 1930
70 USS Houston (CA-30) at Tjilatjap, 1942.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
71 USS Houston (CA-30) in Wangpoo [Huangpu] River, Shanghai, 1930's
72 USS Houston (CA 30) and USS Peary, Darwin, Australia, 1942.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
73 USS Houston (CA 30), [ca.1931-1936].
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
74 USS Houston (CA-30), 1935.
Donor: Phillip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee
75 USS Houston (CA 30), 1939.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
76 USS Houston (CA 30), 1939.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
77 USS Houston (CA 30) [copy print, U.S. Naval Institute], 1940
78 USS Houston (CA 30), 1941.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
79 Houston (CA 30), undated
Box Folder
54 3 USS Houston (CA 30), undated
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
4 USS Houston (CA 30), undated
Box Folder
1 80 USS Houston (CA 30), undated
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
81 USS Houston (CA-30), undated
82 USS Houston (CA 30), [copy print, U.S. Naval Historical Center], undated
83 USS Houston (CA 30), [copy prints, U.S. Naval Institute], undated
84 USS Houston (CA 30), undated.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
85 USS Houston (CA-30), undated.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
86 USS Houston (CA-30), undated.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
USS Houston (CL-81)
Box Folder
2 1 Mrs. Claude B. Hamill, launching ceremony, 1943
2 Launching ceremony, 1943.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
3 Launching ceremony, 1943.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
4 Launching ceremony, [copy print, National Archives], 1943
5 USS Houston (CL-81), [copy print, National Archives], 1944
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
6 USS Houston (CL-81), [copy print, National Archives], 1944
7 USS Houston (CL 81) in Ship Channel, 1946
USS Houston (SSN-713)
Box Folder
2 8 Barbara Bush, launching ceremony, 1981
9 George Bush, launching ceremony, 1981
10 Launching ceremony, 1981
11 USS Houston (SSN-713), undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
USS Houston (CA-30) Survivors Association
Box Folder
2 12 Houston and Lost Battalion Survivors, 1956.
Donor: Doris Smith
13 USS Houston Survivors Association, group photo, 1985
14 USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
15 USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
16 USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
17 USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1985
18 USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, 1985.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
19 USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, 1985.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
20 USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, 1985.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
21 USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, 1985.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
22 USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, 1985.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
23 USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, 1985.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
24 USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, 1985.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
25 USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, 1999.
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
Binder USS Houston Survivors Association reunion, (copyright Arturo Sanchez, Frank White Photography), 2002
Houston Volunteers
Box Folder
2 26 Rear Admiral William A. Glassford, 1942.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
27 Houston Volunteers, 1942.
Donor: Doris Allen, in memory of Wm. E. Allen, Sr.
28 Houston Volunteers, 1942.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Individuals
Box Folder
54 5 William Baggaley, 1936.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
6 Guy Baker, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
2 29 Thomas F. Ball, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
30 George N. Barker, undated
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
31 William C. Batchelor, Jr., undated.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
32 William A. Bernrieder and Marvin Robinson, photocopy, 1993.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
33 Mary Ellen Bute and Elisabeth Holcombe, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
34 Harry F. Byrd, 1929.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
35 Captain, undated
36 Cardinellie, 1939.
Donor: Everett L. Malone
37 Francis Cogswell, 1939.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
38 R.A Dawes, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
39 William Martin DeShields, undated.
Donor: Donald F. DeShields
40 George E. Detre, 1945.
Donor: George E. Detre
41 Sean Ellerbee, 1999.
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
42 Sean Ellerbee, 1999.
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
43 Frank D. Ellis, ca. 1941.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
44 Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Ellis; F.G. Polk, 1941.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
45 W.O. Frederick, 1939.
Donors: Gary E. and Gregory P. White
Box Folder
54 11 Jesse B. Gay, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
2 46 C.B. Gillespie, undated
47 Admiral Thomas Hart, 1941.
Donor: Robert Pistole
48 Gilbert W. Hayes, [ca. 1938].
Donor: Gilbert W. Hayes
49 Hollingsworth, John William “Bill” and his brother Clarence Solomon Turner, photocopies, undated.
Donor: Irene Mills
50 Edwin F. Hoofer, ca. 1939.
Donor: Pam Crispi Foster
Box Folder
54 12 Edwin F. Hoofer, ca. 1939.
Donor: Pam Crispi Foster
Box Folder
2 51 Farrel W. Keith, [ca. 1942],
(printed digital copy).
Donor: Clyde Keith
52 A.G. Kirchner, [ca. 1930s],
(printed digital copies).
Donor: Bob Kirchner
53 Lawrence F. Kondzela, [ca. 1940s],
(printed digital copy).
Donor: Susan Pogue
54 Capt. George Mensch and Liz Wachendorfer, 1983
55 Capt. George Mensch and Liz Wachendorfer, 1983
56 Capt. George Mensch and Liz Wachendorfer, 1983
57 Capt. George Mensch and Liz Wachendorfer, 1983
58 Dan Moody, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
59 William Dow Newton, undated
Donor: Mrs. C.L. Abrahamson
60 Nickel, Henry, and ca. 1930s 1947.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box Folder
54 7 Jesse B. Oldendorf, 1940.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
2 61 [Lennart O.] Peterson, 1938.
Donor: Everett L. Malone
62 Lester W. Rehfeld, 1941.
Donor: Harold J. “Hap” Heidel
63 Lester W. Rehfeld, undated.
Donor: Harold J. “Hap” Heidel
64 Capt. Albert H. Rooks, 1941.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
65 Capt. Albert H. Rooks, 1941.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
66 Capt. Albert H. Rooks, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
67 Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935.
Donor: John C. Reas
68 Franklin D. Roosevelt, ca. 1930's.
(in exhibit?)
69 Franklin D. Roosevelt, ca. 1930's
70 Franklin D. Roosevelt, ca. 1930's
71 Franklin D. Roosevelt and party aboard Houston, [copy print, U.S. Naval Academy Library], ca. 1930's
72 Henry L. Roosevelt, 1935.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
73 Henry L. Roosevelt, undated
74 R.E. Saunders and other crew members, undated.
Donor: Owen Saunders
75 A.D. Simpson, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
76 Jack Smith with American flag, undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
77 Jack and June Smith, 2003
78 John Stefanek and Suho Suomi, 1945
Box Folder
54 8 Claude A. Swanson, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
2 79 Curtis D. Wilbur, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
80 Walter B. Woodson, [ca. 1934-1935].
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Memorials
Box Folder
3 1 Commemoration service, USS McCluskey, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
2 Presentation of painting, 50th Anniversary of Battle of Sunda Strait, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
3 USS Houston (CA-30) monument, undated.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
4 USS Houston (CA 30) plaque, Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
5 Houston Volunteers monument dedication, William A. Bernrieder and Mrs. William Glassford, 1974.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
6 Houston Volunteers monument, 1985
7 Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, undated
8 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (“Punchbowl”), Honolulu, undated.
Donor: Robert Pistole
9 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (“Punchbowl”) plaque, Honolulu, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
10 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (“Punchbowl”), Honolulu.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 Plaque, undated
12 Rooks, Albert H. plaque, Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
13 Wreath laying ceremony, Brisbane, Australia, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
14 Wreath laying ceremony, Sunda Strait, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
15 Wreath laying ceremony, Sunda Strait, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Model, USS Houston (CA-30)
Box Folder
3 16 Model Presentation, USS Houston (CA 30), 1958.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
17 Model, USS Houston (CA 30), 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
18 Model, USS Houston (CA 30), 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Other
Box Folder
3 19 Formal surrender of Japan, September 2, 1945.
Donor: Doris Smith
20 Iloilo and Olongapo, Philippine Islands, 1941.
Donor: Robert Pistole
21 Newport News Shipyard, 1928.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
22 Porthole, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
POW Experience
Box Folder
3 23 Burma-Thai railway and POW camp, [1942-1945].
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
24 Burma-Thai railway and POW camp, [1942-1945].
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
25 Burma-Thai railway, POWs working on, and POW camp, [1942-1945].
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
26 Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, [1945].
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
27 Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, [1945].
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
28 Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, [1945].
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
29 Evacuation of POWs, Rat Buri, Thailand, [1945].
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
30 Evacuation of POWs, USS Chenango, Nagasaki, Japan, 1945.
Donor: George E. Detre
31 Evacuation of POWs, [1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
32 Evacuation of POWs, [1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
33 Japanese soldiers, Ohasi, Japan, 1945.
Donor: Henry P. Thew (in exhibit)
34 Harold McManus, Harry Stone, and Colonel Suga, [ca. 1945]
35 POW in mine repair shop, Ohasi, Japan, 1943.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
36 POW camp, Ohasi, Japan, August 1945.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
37 POWs, Ohasi, Japan, August 1945.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
38 POWs, October 1945.
Donor: George E. Detre
39 POWs, [1945].
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Silver Service
Box Folder
3 40 Silver service, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
41 Silver service, undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
42 Silver service. Walter E. Monteith and William A. Bernrieder, [1930?].
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Ships, Other
Box Folder
3 43 Cleveland class cruiser, [copy print, National Archives], undated
Box Folder
54 13 HMAS Perth, undated
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
3 44 HMAS Perth, undated
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
45 HM de Ruyter, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
46 HM de Ruyter, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
47 HM Evertsen, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
48 HM Java, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
49 HM Kortenaer, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
50 HM Witte de With, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
51 USS Louisville (CA 28), [copy print, National Archives], undated
52 USS Miami (CL 89), [copy print, U.S. Naval Photographic Center], 1944
Special Occasions
Box Folder
3 53 Christmas, 1935.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
54 Christmas, 1936
55 Christmas, 1936
56 Christmas, 1936
57 Christmas, 1936
58 Christmas, 1936.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
59 Christmas piano, 1936.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
54 14 Farewell Dance, June 11, 1937.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
Box Folder
3 60 Houston Ball, The Canidrome, Shanghai, [1930].
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
Sports Activities
Box Folder
3 61 Baseball team, 1940 1941.
Donor: John Stefanek
62 Boxing, Frank L.H. Pistole, undated.
Donor: Robert Pistole
63 Boxing, Frank L.H. Pistole, undated.
Donor: Robert Pistole



 

NEGATIVES AND SLIDES 1927-2002

This series includes a variety of negatives and slides, as well as digital copies of all negatives. The negatives are in a variety of formats and sizes. Most of the negatives in this series were donated by Otto Schwarz and the USS Houston Survivors Association, and many of them are copy negatives of other images.
Box 4 contains CD-ROMs of digital images that were created by Special Collections staff to provide better access to the negatives. Patrons visiting the reading room in person may view the CD-ROMs on a laptop or at a computer workstation in our reading room. A printed list of the contents of the negatives is also available. The negatives were scanned at their original size in order to serve as a positive image contact sheet for easier browsing. Because the digital images on the CD-ROM are so small, patrons wishing to order reproductions of are recommended to have their print, slide, or photograph made directly from the original negative. Unfortunately, we cannot make these images available in digital format to people who are not visiting the reading room in person.
Box
4 Digital images scanned from Cruiser Houston Collection negatives, CD-ROMs, 2003
Digital images scanned from Cruiser Houston Collection negatives, printed list, 2003
Box Binder
5 Binder Lecture slides, Otto Schwarz, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
1 Lecture slides key, Otto Schwarz, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Binder Negatives and slides of flag made in POW camp, 2002.
Donor: Beryl Striewski
2 Negatives: Honolulu, 1939-1940.
Donor: Vivian Barber
3 Negatives: Honolulu, 1939-1940.
Donor: Vivian Barber
4 Negatives: USS Houston (CA-30), 1939-1940.
Donor: Vivian Barber
5-36 Negatives, various, from UH Libraries and USS Houston Survivors Association
Box
6 Negatives, various, from Otto Schwarz. Donor: Otto Schwarz



 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1932-2000

Correspondence is divided into four sub-series by format: Postcards from POW Camp, Telegrams, Letters, and Envelopes. The Postcards from POW Camp series includes postcards written by Houston crew members while they were being held as prisoners-of-war. These postcards were highly censored by the Japanese military. The Postcards from POW Camp, Telegrams, and Envelopes sub-series are each arranged by sender. If there are multiple items from the same sender, they are further arranged by receiver. If there are multiple items from the same sender to the same receiver, they are further arranged by date.
The Letters sub-series is organized somewhat differently. It contains several large groups of letters that all pertain to one individual or family: William C. Batchelor, Jr., Henry Nickel, Claude E. Parker, Frank Pistole, William Slough, and the family of Francis B. Weiler. These groups of letters are arranged separately from the rest. Each group is arranged by sender, then by receiver, and then by date. The rest of the letters fall under the General heading, where they are arranged by sender, then by receiver, and then by date.
The letters of the family of Francis B. Weiler are photocopies of materials in the collection of the Naval Museum, U.S. Naval Academy.
Postcards from POW Camp
Box Folder
7 1
Bill Batchelor, [Jr.] to W.C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Moulmein, Burma, [ca. 1942-1943].
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Leroy Alvin Buckner to Roy Noble Buckner, Thailand, February 20, 1945.
Donor: Leroy Buckner
Leroy Alvin Buckner to R.N. Buckner, Siagon [sic], August 22, 1945.
Donor: Leroy Buckner
George E. Detre to Mrs. C.J. Detre, Moulmein, Burma, [ca. 1942-1943].
Donor: George E. Detre
Frank Dopson Ellis to Mrs. G.W. Vogan, Nike, Thailand, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
Frank D. Ellis to Mr. J.W. Vogan, Moulmein, Burma, [ca. 1942-1943].
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
Henry Nickel to Mrs. J. Nickel, Moulmein, Burma, [ca. 1942-1943].
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Henry Nickel to Mrs. J. Nickel, Nike, Thailand, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: Jack L. Williams
C. Eugene Parker to Mrs. A.S. Murphy, Thailand, March 3, 1944.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Claude Eugene Parker to Mrs. A.S. Murphy, Thailand, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Claude E. Parker to Mrs. A.S. Murphy, Nike, Thailand, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Frank L.H. Pistole to Mrs. Lawrence W. Pistole, Moulmein, Burma, [ca. 1942-1943].
Donor: Robert Pistole
William Ross, Jr. to Mrs. Harry Olson, Oct. 18-19, 1943.
Donor: William Ross, Jr.
William Ross, Jr. to Mrs. Harry Olsen, Thailand, postmarked May 19, 1944, Feb. 6, 1945.
Donor: William Ross, Jr.
John Stefanek to Mrs. Lewis Stefanek, Nike, Thailand, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: John Stefanek
Telegrams
Box Folder
7 2
Louis Denfeld to Imogene Thew, Washington D.C., October 8, 1945,
with two envelopes.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Randall Jacobs to Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., March 14, 1942.
Donor: Betty Batchelor
Randall Jacobs to Mrs. Ora Magelene Ellis, Washington D.C., August 31, 1945.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
Randall Jacobs to Mr. and Mrs. A. Kondzela, Washington D.C., August 30, 1945
(printed digital copy).
Donor: Susan Pogue
Randall Jacobs to Emma Carolyne Pistole, Washington D.C., March 14, 1942.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Randall Jacobs to Emma C. Pistole, Washington D.C., [ca. 1944-1945].
Donor: Robert Pistole
Randall Jacobs to Imogene Thew, Washington D.C., March 14, 1942
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Randall Jacobs to George Edwin White, Washington D.C., March 1, 1942
(photocopy).
Donor: Charles E. White
Navy Department to William Charles Batchelor, [Sr.], BUNAV [Bureau of Navigation], March 15, 1942.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
[Nettke?] to Mrs. Frank D. Ellis, San Bruno, California, May 14, 1944.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
OPNAV to Navy Yard, Cavite; Navy Yard, Puget Sound; Houston, [1940].
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
Samuel G. O’Regan to Mrs. Frank D. Ellis, Oakland, California, May 3, 1948,
with envelope.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
Henry Prior Thew to Henry Wm. Thew, Washington D.C., June 16, [1942-1945],
with envelope.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Colonel Williamson to Mrs. William C. Batchelor, Fort Myer, Vir[ginia], May 28, 1948.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Letters
Box Folder
7 3 William C. Batchelor, Jr.
H. B. Atkinson to William C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., July 3, 1945.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
H. B. Atkinson to Mr. and Mrs. William Batchelor Sr., Washington D.C., August 27, 1945,
with document.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
H. B. Atkinson to Lt. & Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., September 6, 1945,
with document.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
H. B. Atkinson to Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., March 8, 1946.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
F. Byrne Austin to Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., February 28, 1951.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Frank W. Barton to Annabelle K. Batchelor, Washington D.C., September 18, 1951.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Frank W. Barton to Annabelle K. Batchelor, Washington D.C., February 2, 1953,
with document.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Betty Batchelor to Navy Awards Board, La Connor, Washington, (photocopy). With letter from C.R. McDonnold, St. Louis, MO, document, and clipping (photocopies). [ca. 1985], June 13, 1985,
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
William Charles Batchelor, Jr. to Mother [Annabelle K. Batchelor], December 30, 1941
(photocopy).
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
W.C. Batchelor [Sr.] to Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, March 19, 1940.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
W.C. Batchelor, [Sr.] to Joe Fagen, Pearl Harbor, T.H., January 26, 1943.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
William C. Batchelor, [Sr.] to The Chief of the Bureau of Personnel, January 5, 1944.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
W.C. Batchelor, [Sr.] to The Prisoner of War Information Bureau, January 30, 1944.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
W.C. Batchelor, [Sr.] to Circulation Manager, Time Magazine, Shelton, Washington, March 22, 1944.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
W.C. Batchelor, [Sr.] to Headmaster, Fort Union Military Academy, Shelton, Washington, [ca. 1944].
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
W.C. Batchelor to The Director, U.S. Veterans Administration, Insurance Division, Keyport, Washington, September 7, 1945.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Howard E. Brooks to To Whom it May Concern, March 21, 1998.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Carl N. Burgard to To Whom it May Concern, Aloha, Oregon, With letter to Betty Miles, Aloha, Oregon, February 22, 1998. February 22, 1998.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Edwin J. Carpenter to W.C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., February 24, 1944.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
David Clark to Betty Batchelor, Victoria, Australia, April 28, 1989,
with drawing of 80 Kilo Camp.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
C.M. Drury to Dr. William B. Pugh, Washington D.C., April 26, 1946.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
J. L. Fitzgerald to Betty Batchelor, Victoria, Australia, September 21, 1989.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
James Forrestal to William C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., July 23, 1945.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
James Forrestal to Mrs. William C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., July 23, 1945.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Harold S. Hamlin Jr. to Lt. and Mrs. Batchelor, Washington D.C., October 23, 1945.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
W.J. McNicol, Jr. to William C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., June 25, 1945.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
A.C. Jacobs to Mr. and Mrs. William C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., January 10, 1944.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
A.C. Jacobs to William C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., January 28, 1944.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
A.C. Jacobs to Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., February 5, 1944.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Randall Jacobs to William C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., February 10, 1940.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Randall Jacobs to William C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., March 10, 1943.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Randall Jacobs to Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., March 10, 1943.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Christopher J. Kersting to William Charles Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., June 21, 1950.
With Presidential Unit Citation.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Al Kopp to To Whom It May Concern, [Minnesota], With letter to Mrs. Miles, February 21, 1998. February 25, 1998.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
C.R. McDonnold to Betty Batchelor, St. Louis, Missouri, June 13, 1985.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Herbert B. Maw to Annabelle K. Batchelor, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 14, 1946.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
M.J. Mayer to Otto Schwarz, March 6, 1991.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Ross T. McIntire to Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., August 19, 1946.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
David Milne to Betty A. Miles, Victoria, Australia, September 23, 1988
with envelope.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
C.W. Nimitz to William C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., March 16, 1940.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
C.W. Nimitz to William C. Batchelor, Jr., Washington D.C., May 17, 1940.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
M.E. Reeder to Mr. & Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., February 17, 1950.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
M.E. Reeder to William C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., May 12, 1950,
with report of casualty.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
M.E. Reeder to William C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., June 29, 1950,
with report of casualty.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Jack D. Smith to To Whom it May Concern, Chula Vista, California, with letter To Whom It May Concern, Chula Vista, California, Feb. 20, 1998.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
A.E. Stone to William C. Batchelor, [Sr.], Washington D.C., July 7, 1945.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
C.A. Swanson to Mrs. W.C. Batchelor, Washington D.C., September 17, 1947.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
O.N. Thomas to Annabelle K. Batchelor, Olympia, Washington, October 30, 1950.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Max W. Wilker to To Whom it May Concern, February 21, 1998.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
George H. Williams, Washington D.C., April 10, 1946.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Box Folder
7 4 Henry Nickel
F.E. [Kenfeld?] to Henry Nickel, Washington D.C., September 28, 1945.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Margaret Uhrich to Henry Nickel, Dinuba, California, January 19, 1944,
with envelope.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Margaret Uhrich to Henry Nickel, Dinuba, California, February 17, 1944,
with envelope.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Margaret Uhrich to Henry Nickel, Dinuba, California, March 13, 1944,
with envelope.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Margaret Uhrich to Henry Nickel, Dinuba, California, March 28, 1944,
with envelope.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Marie to Henry Nickel, San Francisco, California, January 10, 1944.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Mr. & Mrs. J. Nickel to Henry Nickel, Dinuba, California, February 17, 1944,
with envelope.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Mrs. [L.D.?] “Eppie” Williams to Henry Nickel, Burlingame, California, January 9, 1944,
with envelope.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Mrs. J. Nickel to Henry Nickel, Dinuba, California, January 11, 1944,
with envelope.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Mrs. J. Nickel to Henry Nickel, Dinuba, California, March 27, 1944,
with envelope.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box Folder
7 5 Claude E. Parker
Agnes and [Forrest] “Dunk” [Duncan] to [Claude] Gene [Parker], Atchison, Kansas, January 26, 1942,
with envelope.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Mr. & Mrs. A.S. Murphy to Claude E. Parker, Lawrence, Kansas, December 12, 1944.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Mr. & Mrs. A.S. Murphy to Claude Eugene Parker, Lawrence, Kansas, February 16, 1945.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Mr. & Mrs. A.S. Murphy to Claude Eugene Parker, Lawrence, Kansas, May 29, 1945.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Mr. & Mrs. A.S. Murphy to Claude E. Parker, Lawrence, Kansas, June 28, 1945.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Mr. & Mrs. A.S. Murphy to Claude Eugene Parker, Lawrence, Kansas, July 21, 1945.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Claude Eugene Parker to Mr. & Mrs. A.S. Murphy, Manila Bay, P.I., December 14, 1940,
with commemorative envelope.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
[Claude] Gene [Parker] to Mr. & Mrs. A.S. Murphy, Olangapo, P.I., January 12-13, 1941,
with commemorative envelope.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
[Claude] Gene [Parker] to Mr. & Mrs. Forrest Duncan, Manila Bay, February 17, 1941,
with envelope.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
[Claude] Gene [Parker] to Mr. & Mrs. Forrest Duncan, Manila Bay, May 13, 1941,
with envelope.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
[Claude] Gene [Parker], USS Houston Christmas card, Philippines.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
Box Folder
7 6 Frank Pistole
Sister M. Agnella to Mr. & Mrs. Pistole, Bloomington, Illinois, March 18, 1942.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Bill Baines to Mrs. Pistole, Japan, February 11, 1946.
Donor: Robert Pistole
C. Wayland Brooks to Emma Carolyn Pistole, Washington D.C., [with A.C. Jacobs letter on reverse] October 25, 1945.
Donor: Robert Pistole
H. Feldman to Emma C. Pistole, Washington D.C., [with Ross T. McIntire letter on reverse]. April 22, 1949
Donor: Robert Pistole
Harold S. Hamlin, Jr. to Mrs. Pistole, Washington D.C., October 23, 1945.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Merle Hobbs to Mr. & Mrs. Pistole, November 11, 1946.
Donor: Robert Pistole
A.C. Jacobs to Emma C. Pistole, Washington D.C., [with C. Wayland Brooks letter on reverse] January 10, 1944.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Ross T. McIntire to Emma Carolyn Pistole, Washington D.C., [with H. Feldman letter on reverse]. September 6, 1946
Donor: Robert Pistole
[Frank] “Butch” [Pistole] to C[larence] & Gladys, Manila, P.I. February 18, 1941.
Donor: Robert Pistole
[Frank] “Butch” [Pistole] to Aunt & Uncle, Manila, P.I. February 24, 1941.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Frank L.H. Pistole to Mother & Family, December 30, 1941.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Frank Pistole to Mother, USS Houston, February 10, 1942,
with envelope.
Donor: Robert Pistole
Frank Pistole to Aunt & Uncle, February 14, 1942.
Donor: Robert Pistole
[Frank] “Butch” [Pistole] to [Mother?], USS Houston Christmas card, Philippines, [1941?].
Donor: Robert Pistole
Box Folder
7 7 William Slough
Red Burke to O.E. Baer, November 16, 1934
Bill [Slough] to Moms, San Diego, [California], May 27, 1934
Bill [Slough] to Moms, San Diego, [California], June 2, 1934
Wm. “Bill (Tex)” Slough to Martin A. “Bud” Slough, San Diego, California, with envelope June 7, 1934,
Bill [Slough] to Moms, San Diego, [California], June 10, 1934
Bill (Tex) [Slough] to Moms, San Diego, [California], June 22, 1934
Bill [Slough] to Moms, San Diego, [California], June 29, 1934
Bill [Slough] to Moms, San Diego, California, July 2, 1934
Bill [Slough] to Moms, July 1934
W.M. “Bill” Slough to O.E. Baer, San Diego Harbor, with envelope August 23, 1934,
Bill [Slough] to Moms, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, October 10, 1934
Bill [Slough] to Moms, San Pedro, California, November 10, 1934
Wm. “Bill” [Slough] to O.E. Baer, San Pedro, California, with envelope November 10, 1934,
Bill [Slough] to Moms, Long Beach, California, November 26, 1934
Wm. “Bill” Slough to Mrs. D.W. “Moms” Slough, Mare Island, California, with envelope December 9, 1934,
[William] Tex [Slough] to Moms, Long Beach, California, January 6, 1935
Bill [Slough] to Mr. & Mrs. O.E. Baer, Long Beach, California, with envelope February 10, 1935,
Bill [Slough] to Mrs. O.E. “Moms” Baer, Long Beach, California, with envelope February 24, 1935,
Bill [Slough] to Mrs. O.E. Baer, Long Beach, California, with envelope March 3, 1935,
W.M. “Bill” Slough to Mr. & Mrs. O.E. Baer, Long Beach, California, with envelope March 24, 1935,
Bill [Slough] to Mrs. D.W. Baer, Long Beach, California, with envelope April 6, 1935,
Bill [Slough] to Mrs. D.W. “Madre Mio” Baer, Long Beach, California, with envelope April 13, 1935,
[William] Tex [Slough] to Mrs. O.E. “Moms” Baer, San Diego, [California], with envelope June 13, 1935,
William M. “Bill” Slough to Mr. & Mrs. O.E. Baer, Blaine, Washington, with envelope July 5, 1935,
William M. “Bill” Slough to Mrs. O.E. “Moms” Baer, At sea, with envelope July 12, 1935,
[William] Willyam (Tex) Nuts and Bolts [Slough] to Mother of Mine, Mare Island, California, February 14, 1936
Bill [Slough] to Moms, Long Beach, California, March 11, 1936
Clara & [Caraly?] to Honey, Tuesday [ca. 1935]
Box Folder
7 8 Francis B. Weiler, family of
F.W. Boehm to Mrs. George Weiler, Washington D.C., (photocopy) July 5, 1950
Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Department, Service of Lt.(jg) Francis Brooks Weiler, (photocopy) September 13, 1945
Gavin Campbell to Mrs. Weiler, Portland, Victoria, Australia, (photocopy) March 11, 1945
Joseph C. Dalton to Mrs. [Payne?], Sparks, (photocopy) undated
Joseph C. Dalton to Mrs. Weiler, Sparks, MD, with Joseph C. Dalton to Gentlemen [Mr. England?], and J.F. Dalton to Mother and Dad [Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Dalton], Zentauji War Prison Camp, Japan, (all photocopies) April 7, 1943, March 29, 1943, August 28, 1942
L.E. Denfeld to Dr. and Mrs. George S. Weiler, Washington D.C., with Presidential Unit Citation facsimile (photocopies) November 16, 1944,
Wade DeWeese to Rear Admiral James B. Weiler, (photocopy) June 22, 1961
Betty Kirkpatrick to Mrs. Weiler, Ardmore, PA, , with poem, letter from William Glassford to Mr. Hamill, and letter from Mrs. John L. Stivers to Mrs. Kirkpatrick, (all photocopies) December 3, 1942, June 4, 1942, [ca. 1942]
J.R. Stimmel to George S. Weiler, Gardner, ND, (photocopy) March 1, 1943
F[?] A. Todd to Dr. & Mrs. Weiler, Philadelphia, [PA], (photocopy) April 7
General
Box Folder
8 1 American Ex-POWs, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, various, 1956-1958.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
2 Ernest & Carolyn Arroyo to Otto Schwarz, Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1993.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
2 H. B. Atkinson to Howard Louis Chandler, Jr., Washington D.C., (photocopy). March 8, 1946
Donor: Dan T. Chandler
2 Wm. A. Bernrieder to the Editor of the Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas, with The Cruiser Houston Story (photocopy). March 27, 1962,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
2 Wm. A. Bernrieder to Harold Rooks, with note to Otto Schwarz (photocopy). September 29, 1982,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
2 E. A. Bush to Lieut. Barrett, (printed digital copy). late December 1943
Donor: Susan Pogue
2 George Bush to USS Houston Survivors Association, Washington [D.C.], February 24, 1992.
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
2 George W. Bush to USS Houston Survivors Association, Austin, Texas, , with letter from Nikki Richnow to Evelyn Poss. April 26, 1995,
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
2 George W. Bush to USS Houston Survivors Association, Austin, Texas, February 14, 2000.
Donor: Lin Drees
2 Gavin Campbell to Otto Schwarz, Denistone, Australia, August 5, 1989.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
2 Edwin J. Carpenter to Mrs. J.W. Vogan, Washington D.C., January 24, 1944.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
3 Joe Davis to Mrs. Francis M. Davis and others; Great Lakes, Illinois; Pearl Harbor, T.H.; Manila, P.I.; (transcriptions in booklet with other photocopied material). July 6, 1940-March 24, 1942
Donor: Nancy Adams
4 Nick Day to Otto [Schwarz], May 25, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
4 A.R. “Art” DuHaime to Robert Peary & his family, USS Houston Christmas card, San Francisco, California, with envelope. December 7, 1941,
Donor: Robert Peary
4 Paul Erickson to Otto Schwarz, Jakarta, Indonesia, April 28, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
4 Tom Falloon to Otto Schwarz, , with photograph of Arthur and Betty Maher, postcard, and obituary for Arthur Maher (photocopy). March 27, 1994,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
4 Larry [B. Grant] to Otto Schwarz, Donor: Otto Schwarz Helen I. Gould to F.B. Simms, Wichita, Kansas, (carbon copy), with affidavit (copy and carbon copy) and notes. April 23, 1980. August 8, 1947
Donor: Pam Crispi Foster
4 Harold S. Hamlin, Jr. to Mrs. Ellis, Washington D.C., October 23, 1945.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
4 Harold S. Hamlin, Jr. to Mr. & Mrs. Kondzela, Washington D.C., (photocopy). October 23, 1945
Donor: Harold S. Hamlin
4 Mrs. Thomas C. (Caroline B.) Hart to Otto C. Schwarz, Sharon, Connecticut, April 1, 1980.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
4 Mrs. Thomas C. (Caroline B.) Hart to Otto [Schwarz], Sharon, Connecticut, April 16, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
4 Harold J. “Hap” Heidel to Otto [Schwarz], New Leston, Wisconsin, June 10, 1986.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
4 Fred G. Hodge to Edith Rooks, Portland, Oregon, with Exchange of Information Sheets August 27, 1945,
4 John Wm. “Bill” Hollingsworth to Dr. & Mrs. J.L. Kinkaid, Great Lakes, Illinois, with envelope (photocopy). August 13, 1940,
Donor: Irene Mills
4 John Wm. “Bill” Hollingsworth to Dr. & Mrs. J.L. Kincaid, Great Lakes, Illinois, with envelope (photocopy). [September 5, 1940],
Donor: Irene Mills
4 John Wm. “Bill” Hollingsworth to Dr. & Mrs. J.L. Kincaid, Great Lakes, Illinois, with envelope (photocopy). September 17, 1940,
Donor: Irene Mills
4 Bill [Hollingsworth] to Dr. & Mrs. J.L. Kincaid, Great Lakes, Il., (photocopy). September 19, 1940
Donor: Irene Mills
4 John Wm. “Bill” Hollingsworth to Dr. & Mrs. Kincaid, Mare Island, California, (photocopy). September 30, 1940
Donor: Irene Mills
4 John Wm. “Bill” Hollingsworth to Dr. & Mrs. J.L. Kincaid, Asiatic Station, (photocopy). December 31, 1940
Donor: Irene Mills
4 John William “Bill” Hollingsworth to Dr. & Mrs. J.L. Kincaid, Manila, Philippine Islands, (photocopy). June 15, 1941
Donor: Irene Mills
5 John D. H. Kane, Jr. to Otto C. Schwarz, Washington D.C., March 4, 1980.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
5 W.A. Kirkland to Officer of Deck, USS Houston [CL-81], Houston, Texas, October 31, 1945.
Donor: Allie V. Layne
5 Joe Kollmyer to Department of the Army, San Angelo, Texas, (photocopy). December 11, 1988
Donor: Joe Kollmyer
5 Joe Kollmyer to William E. Ryan, Jr., San Angelo, Texas, (photocopy). September 29, 1988
Donor: Joe Kollmyer
5 M.R. Lenci to Mr. [Otto] Schwarz, San Francisco, California, with letter from M.R. Lenci to Houston parents. March 15, 1993,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
5 Lorie, All Faith Monument Works, to Otto Schwarz, Newfoundland, New Jersey, September 28, 1994.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
5 Ken Lowman to Mrs. Keith, (photocopy). August 27, 1946
Donor: Clyde Keith
5 James McCone to Otto Schwarz, Arlington, WV, September 26, 1989.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
5 Ross T. McIntire to Mrs. Ora Magelene Ellis, Washington D.C., September 5, 1946.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
5 A.L. Maher to Mrs. Jones, Washington D.C., (photocopy), with biographical account of William S. Jones. November 14, 1945
5 A.L. Maher to Mr. White, Washington D.C., (photocopy). November 14, 1945
Donor: Otto Schwarz
5 M.J. Mayer to Otto Schwarz, USS Chosin, March 6, 1991.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
5 John F. Manning to Joe Kollmyer, Alexandria, Virginia, with case findings for Francis B. Weiler. January 3, 1989,
Donor: Joe Kollmyer
5 Irene Mills to Mr. [Otto Schwarz], with envelope. Donor: Irene Mills undated,
5 Irene Mills to Mr. [Otto Schwarz], Cincinnati, Ohio, April 27, 1981.
Donor: Irene Mills
6 Thomas B. Payne to Otto [Schwarz], Coronado, California, January 25, 1990.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 R.N. “Sonny” Robertson to Sister & Jim, Pearl Harbor, March 8, 1940.
Donor: James R. Darden and Bonnie J. Fields
6 [R.N.] “Sonny” [Robertson] to Madeline &Jim, Manila, P.I., March 2, 1941.
Donor: James R. Darden and Bonnie J. Fields
6 R.E. “Gene” Peterson to Elinore Peterson, USS Houston, with envelope. May 7, 1941,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 [R.E.] “Gene” [Peterson] to [Mrs. R.N. Peterson], Manila, P.I., June 21, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 [R.E.] “Gene” [Peterson] to Mother, Manila, P.I., June 26, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 [R.E.] “Gene” [Peterson] to Mother, Cebu, Cebu, P.I., August 16, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 R.E. Peterson to Mother, Tui Tui Bay, August 19, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 [R.E.] “Gene” [Peterson] to Mother, Cavite, P.I., November 22, [1941].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 R.H. “Bob” Pullen to Carol Pullen, Asiatic Station, with envelope. June 27, 1941,
Donor: Carol Pullen
6 Capt. A[lbert] H. Rooks, Operations for (photocopy). December 21, 22 and 23, 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
6 William E. Ryan, Jr. to Joe Kollmyer, Washington D.C., (photocopy). November 26, 1988
Donor: Joe Kollmyer
6 Otto C. Schwarz to Elizabeth Wachendorfer, Union, New Jersey, with note from Otto [Schwarz] to Liz [Wachendorfer], and excerpts from Blue Bonnet November 1992, November 18, 1992,
6 Otto C. Schwarz to Paul Hidalgo, carbon copy. February 15, 1980,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 Otto [Schwarz] to Shipmates, Union, New Jersey, (two copies). February 20, 1980
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 Otto Schwarz to Mrs. [Thomas C.] Hart, carbon copy. April 8, 1980,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 Otto Schwarz to Paul Erickson, Union, New Jersey, June 19, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 F.B. Simms to Helen I. Gould, Washington D.C., March 20, 1947.
Donor: Pam Crispi Foster
6 F.B. Simms to Helen I. Gould, Washington D.C., May 9, 1947.
Donor: Pam Crispi Foster
7 Harry Truman to George Elen Detre, Washington [D.C.], (photocopy). November 15, 1945
Donor: George E. Detre
7 Harry Truman to William John Stewart, Washington [D.C.], with envelope. November 27, 1945,
Donor: William J. Stewart
7 J.W. Vogan to Mrs. F.D. (Ora) Ellis, Goodland, Kansas, February 1, 1944.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
7 Elizabeth Wachendorfer to Otto C. Schwarz, Houston, Texas, (photocopy) December 14, 1992
7 G.A. Wallace to Thomas B. Payne, San Francisco, California, March 2, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
7 Madeline Day Wassell to Mrs. R.B. (Ruth) Ansell, Los Angeles, California, with envelope. March 19, 1944,
Donor: Eugene Crispi
7 Richard L. Wilson to J.B. Soedarmanto Kadarisman, Jakarta, Indonesia, with Diplomatic Note No. 204. April 30, 1992,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
7 Sidney Winoker to Paul Hidalgo, Winter Haven, Florida, (photocopy). February 6, 1980
Donor: Otto Schwarz
7 John and Iku Wisecup to Frank Gallagher, Yokohama, Japan, with envelope. July 23, 1996,
Donor: Ned Gallagher
7 John and Iku Wisecup to Frank Gallagher, Yokohama, Japan, with envelope. February 14, 1997,
Donor: Ned Gallagher
7 [John Wisecup] to Frank E. Gallagher Jr., Yokohama, Japan, with envelope. November 16, 1997,
Donor: Ned Gallagher
7 [John Wisecup] to Frank E. Gallagher Jr., cartoons, clipping, envelope, etc., [circa 1996-1997].
Donor: Ned Gallagher
7 John and Iku [Wisecup] to Otto [Schwarz], Yokohama, [Japan], with photocopied poems and other materials. September 15,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
7 Hunter Wood, Jr. to John G. Robertson, Washington D.C., August 7, 1944
Envelopes
Box Folder
8 8 Commemorative and postmarked envelopes, three, 1932-1934.
Donor: Allen Crispi
8 Commemorative envelope, 1935.
Donor: Vivian Barber
9 Commemorative envelopes, 1936-1939.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
10 Commemorative envelopes, forty-five, (including five photocopies). 1936-1995
Donor: Otto Schwarz
10 Commemorative envelopes, three, and 1939ca. 1939
Donor: Harold Page
10 Commemorative envelope, . [1942] [1942] (postmarked 1987)
Donor: Ralph H. Lovett, Sr.
10 G.E. Detre to Mr. & Mrs. C.G. Detre, Manila, P.I., December 8, 1941.
10 [Arthur DuHaime] to Veronica DuHaime, commemorative envelope, Vallejo, California, September 10, 1940.
Donor: Art DuHaime
10 F.D. Ellis to Mrs. F.D. Ellis, commemorative envelope, Manila, P.I., Dec. 8, 1940.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
10 F.D. Ellis to Mrs. F.D. Ellis, commemorative envelope, Manila, P.I., Dec. 15, 1940.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
10 [Thomas Falloon] to Dorothy Perotti, Christobal, C[anal] Z[one], April 26, 1934.
Donor: Thomas Falloon
10 [Thomas Falloon] to Dorothy Perotti, San Juan, P.R., July 7, 1934.
Donor: Thomas Falloon
10 [Thomas Falloon] to Dorothy Perotti, Cartagena, Columbia, July 10, 1934.
Donor: Thomas Falloon
10 [Thomas Falloon] to Dorothy Perotti, Balboa, Canal Zone, July 12, 1934.
Donor: Thomas Falloon
10 [Thomas Falloon] to Dorothy Perotti, Honolulu, T.H, July 28, 1934.
Donor: Thomas Falloon
10 [Thomas Falloon] to Dorothy Perotti, Portland, Oregon, August 3, 1934.
Donor: Thomas Falloon
10 William O. Frederick to Jo Robertson, commemorative envelope, Long Beach, CA, May 1, 1939.
Donor: Gary E. and Gregory P. White
10 William O. Frederick to Jo Robertson, commemorative envelope, Bremerton, WA, July 25, 1939.
Donor: Gary E. and Gregory P. White
10 William O. Frederick to Jo Robertson, commemorative envelope, September 13, 1939.
Donor: Gary E. and Gregory P. White
10 [Herb Herman] to Minerva G. Cato, commemorative envelope, Seattle, Washington, August 8, 1935.
Donor: Herb Herman
10 [Herb Herman] to C.A. Emerson, USS Houston, June 22, 1938.
Donor: Herb Herman
10 [Herb Herman] to W.A. Mealey, Honolulu, T.H., July 28, 1934.
Donor: Herb Herman
10 [Herb Herman] to Nell Horowitz, USS Houston, June 17, 1935.
Donor: Herb Herman
10 [Herb Herman] to Nick J[r.], commemorative envelope, USS Houston, February 23, 1936.
Donor: Herb Herman
10 [Herb Herman] to Nick Jr., commemorative envelope, USS Houston, March 6, 1936.
Donor: Herb Herman
11 Mrs. J. Nickel to Henry Nickel, Dinuba, California, December 30, 1943.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
11 Claude Eugene Parker to Mr. & Mrs. Forrest Duncan, Asiatic Station c/o San Francisco, December 8, 1940.
Donor: Claude E. Parker
11 R.E. Peterson to Mrs. R.N. Peterson, Asiatic Station c/o San Francisco, California, May 26, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 R.E. Peterson to Mr. Lillian Peterson, Asiatic Station c/o San Francisco, California, July 16, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 R.E. Peterson to Mrs. R.N. Peterson, Asiatic Station c/o San Francisco, California, July 30, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 R.E. Peterson to Mrs. Lillian Peterson, commemorative envelope, Asiatic Station, September 19, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 R.E. Peterson to Mrs. Lillian Peterson, Asiatic Station c/o San Francisco, California, September 19, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 R.E. Peterson to Mrs. Lillian Peterson, commemorative envelope, Asiatic Station, October 11, 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 [Otto Schwarz] to Elizabeth Wachendorfer, two commemorative envelopes, Perth, Australia, February 28, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 [William Slough] to O.E. Baer, San Diego, California, August 18, 1934
11 William Slough to Mrs. O.E. Baer, San Francisco, California, December 10, 1943
11 William Slough to Mrs. O.E. Baer, San Francisco, California, March 7, 1944
11 John Stefanek to Mr. & Mrs. Al Stefanek, commemorative envelope, Manila, P.I., 1941.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 To G.F.J. von Hoffman, commemorative envelope, May 31, 1934.
Donor: Joe Schroeder



 

DIARIES, 1941-[1945]

Diaries are organized alphabetically by the name of the person who kept the diary. Original diaries from the 1940s are very fragile. Patrons in our reading room will be given a photocopy of Brigadier Arthur Varley’s diary to use in order to protect the original.
Box Folder
9 1 Address book and log, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
2 Arthur Bancroft, HMAS Perth, (photocopied transcript), with note. 1942-1944
Donor: Clarence Schilperoort
3 Herbert A. Levitt, [1942-1945].
Donor: The Levitt family
4 Quentin C. Madson, and The Cruise of the Flagship Houston [poem] by Lloyd Willey , with note. November 27, 1941 – May 14, 1942, [1941-1945]
Donor: Quentin C. Madson
5 Quentin C. Madson, (transcript). November 27, 1941 – May 14, 1942
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 Quentin C. Madson, expanded version of transcript, (photocopy). November 27, 1941 – May 14, 1942
Donor: Otto Schwarz
7 James E. Reynolds, reconstructed account for diary for December 1941 – October 1942; November 1942 – August 1943.
Donor: James E. Reynolds
8 James E. Reynolds, September 1943 - October 1945.
Donor: James E. Reynolds
Box
64 James E. Reynolds, [microfilm] September 1943 – October 1945
Box Folder
9 9 The Story of the USS Houston, compiled by officers, chiefs, and petty officers in Batavia, Java, April 1942
10 [USS Texas (BB-35)], June 6, [1944] - September 2, [1944]
Box Folder
10 1-7 Brigadier Arthur Varley, Australian Army, (photocopy). May 12, 1942- March 26, 1944
Donor: Mrs. Marvin E. Robinson
8-20 Brigadier Arthur Varley, Australian Army, May 12, 1942- March 26, 1944.
Donor: Mrs. Marvin E. Robinson



 

BLUE BONNETS, 1933-2003

The Blue Bonnet was the shipboard newsletter for the USS Houston (CA-30) crew. This series includes Blue Bonnets from the ship for the years 1933 through 1941, although not all issues are available. The Blue Bonnets from the 1930s are very fragile, and most of them have been photocopied. Patrons in our reading room will be given photocopies of some issues to read rather than originals.
In the late 1940s, Otto Schwarz of the USS Houston Survivors Association revived the Blue Bonnet as that organization’s newsletter. Newsletters from the survivor’s organization include issues from 1960 through the present.
Between 1991 and 1997, a separate newsletter was put out by the Next Generation (a related association for the children and other family members of survivors). That newsletter was discontinued, and as of 1998, the Blue Bonnet has served as the organ for both the Survivors Association and the Next Generation. Recent copies of the Blue Bonnet can be found on the web site http://www.usshouston.org.
Box Folder
11 1 Blue Bonnet, July 1, 1933; March 28, 1936.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
2 Blue Bonnet, (reference photocopy) 1934
3 Blue Bonnet, 1934.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
4 Blue Bonnet, (reference photocopy) Jan. – July 1935
5 Blue Bonnet, Jan. – July 1935.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
6 Blue Bonnet, (with reference photocopies). Aug. – Dec. 1935
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
7 Blue Bonnet, (reference photocopy) Jan. – Aug. 1936
8 Blue Bonnet, Jan. – Aug. 1936.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
9 Blue Bonnet, Aug. –Dec. 1936.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
10 Blue Bonnet, (with reference photocopies). Jan. – June 1937
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
11 Blue Bonnet, (with reference photocopies). June – Dec. 1937
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
12 1 Blue Bonnet, Jan. – May 1938.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
2 Blue Bonnet, June – Dec. 1938.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
3 Blue Bonnet, Jan. – May 1939.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
4 Blue Bonnet, June – Dec. 1939.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
5 Blue Bonnet, Jan. – June 1940.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
6 Blue Bonnet, July – Dec. 1940.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
7 Blue Bonnet, July 15, 1940.
Donor: Vivian Barber
8 Blue Bonnet, March 27, 1940; May 11, 1940; June 17, 1940.
Donor: John Stefanek
9 Blue Bonnet, Jan. – May, 1941.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
10 Blue Bonnet, Feb. 1960; ca. Sept. 1982; June 1983; July 1984.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
11 Blue Bonnet, June 1975
12 Blue Bonnet, Nov. 1978.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
13 Blue Bonnet, 1981
14 Blue Bonnet, 1982
15 Blue Bonnet, 1983
16 Blue Bonnet, 1984
17 Blue Bonnet, 1985
18 Blue Bonnet, 1986
19 Blue Bonnet, 1987
20 Blue Bonnet, 1988
21 Blue Bonnet, 1989
Box Folder
13 1 Blue Bonnet, 1990
2 Blue Bonnet, 1991
3 Blue Bonnet, 1992
4 Blue Bonnet, 1993
5 Blue Bonnet, 1994
6 Blue Bonnet, 1995
7 Blue Bonnet, with Artifacts and Memorials booklet; Ship’s Bell booklet, 1996
8 Blue Bonnet, 1997
9 Blue Bonnet, 1998
10 Blue Bonnet, 1999
11 Blue Bonnet, 2000
12 Blue Bonnet, 2001
13 Blue Bonnet, 2002
14 Blue Bonnet, 2003
15 Blue Bonnet: The Next Generation, , 1991
16 Blue Bonnet: The Next Generation, , 1992
17 Blue Bonnet: The Next Generation, , 1993
18 Blue Bonnet: The Next Generation, , 1994
19 Blue Bonnet:The Next Generation, , 1996
20 Blue Bonnet: The Next Generation, , 1997



 

DECK LOGS, 1940-1942

As defined by the Naval Historical Center, “A Navy ship's deck log is a daily chronology of certain events for administrative and legal purposes.” The USS Houston (CA-30) deck logs in this collection are photocopies of the originals, which are held by the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. The deck log for February 1942 was reconstructed by Lt. Cmdr. Harold S. Hamlin and submitted to the Bureau for Naval Personnel in September 1945.
A few deck logs for the USS Mount Vernon and the USS Tulsa can be found in the Documents series.
Box Folder
14 1 Deck log, (photocopy). November 1940
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
2 Deck log, (photocopy). December 1940
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
3 Deck log, (photocopy). January 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
4 Deck log, (photocopy). February 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
5 Deck log, (photocopy). March 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
6 Deck log, (photocopy). April 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
7 Deck log, (photocopy). May 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
8 Deck log, (photocopy). June 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
9 Deck log, (photocopy). July 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
10 Deck log, (photocopy). August 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
11 Deck log, (photocopy). September 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
12 Deck log, (photocopy). October 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
13 Deck log, (photocopy). November 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
Box Folder
15 1 Deck log, (photocopy). November 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
2 Deck log, (photocopy). December 1941
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
3 Deck log, (photocopy). January 1942
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
4 Reconstructed deck log (photocopy). (February 1942), 1945
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
5 Reconstructed deck log (photocopy). (February 1942), 1945
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
Box
64 Deck log [microfilm]



 

REPORTS, [ca. 1942]-1947

This series includes primarily official government reports, among them Action Reports and Battle Damage Reports for the USS Houston (CA-30) and the USS Houston (CL-81). Reports are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box Folder
15 6 Action Report Covering Evacuation of Prisoners of War During Period (photocopy). 29 August 1945 to 19 September 1945, September 22, 1945
Donor: USS San Juan Shipmates
7 Action Report of the USS Houston (CA-30) in defense of convoy off Darwin, Australia, (photocopy). November 14, 1945
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
8 Action Report - USS Houston (CA-30) on the Battle of Sunda Strait, (photocopy). November 20, 1945
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
9 Battle Damage to USS Houston (CL-81), (photocopy). January 6, 1945
Donor: Otto Schwarz
10 Battle Damage to USS Houston (CL-81), (photocopy). February 14, 1945
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 Battle Summary: Battle of the Java Sea, 1945
12 Engagement off Soerabaja, (photocopy). [ca. 1945]
Donor: Otto Schwarz
13-15 Medical Experiences With POWs in Malaya, Burma, and Siam (photocopy), [ca. 1942].
Donor: Mrs. Marvin E. Robinson
16-23 Medical Experiences With POWs in Malaya, Burma, and Siam, [ca. 1942].
Donor: Mrs. Marvin E. Robinson
Box Folder
16 1 Military Court For the Trial of War Criminals: Major Mizutani Totare, (photocopy from Navy Dept.) 1946
2 Pay & Treatment of Officer Prisoners of War, and other documents (photocopy from Navy Dept.) December 27, 1944,
3 Report of Salvage of USS Canberra and USS Houston, (photocopy). November 30, 1944
Donor: Otto Schwarz
4 Rough Translation of Official Japanese Account of The Battle of Sunda Strait, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
5 [USS Houston (CA-30) Battles of Java Sea and Sunda Strait Report] (photocopy).
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 USS Houston (CL-81) - Action Report for Saipan-Tinian-Guam Operation, (photocopy). August 21, 1944
Donor: Otto Schwarz
7 USS Houston (CL81) Battle Damage, (photocopy). January 20, 1945
Donor: Otto Schwarz
8 USS Houston (CL-81) - Bombardment of Angaur, Peleliu, and Ngesebus, Palau Islands, (photocopy). September 10, 1944
Donor: Otto Schwarz
9 USS Houston (CL-81) - Bombardment of Rota and Guam (photocopy).
Donor: Otto Schwarz
10 USS Houston (CL-81) - Report of Actions Occurring (photocopy). 12, 13 and 14 October 1944, October 20, 1944
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 USS Houston (CL-81) - Report of Action Occurring on (photocopy). 16 October 1944, October 29, 1944
Donor: Otto Schwarz
12 USS Houston (CL-81) - Torpedo Damage Off Formosa, (photocopy). March 15, 1947
Donor: Otto Schwarz



 

STATEMENTS, 1945-1950

This series includes official statements and casualty affidavits given by Houston crew members following their liberation from POW camps. Statements are arranged alphabetically by the name of the person who gave the statement, or the subject of casualty affidavit.
Box Folder
16 13 E. M. Barrett, USMC, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
14 R. C. Calloway casualty affidavit, (photocopy from Navy Dept.) [ca. 1945],
15 A. R. Demoen, (photocopy). September 9, 1945
Donor: Archiel R. Demoen
16 Enclosure A to Alonslo Calcutta, (photocopy). September 11, 1945
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
17 William A. Epstein, (photocopy) [ca. 1945],
18 William A. Epstein, (photocopy). [ca. 1945],
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
19 Harold S. Hamlin, regarding Lawrence Richard Wargowsky, 1950
20 Harold S. Hamlin, Report of Service as Prisoner of War, (photocopy). [ca. August 30, 1946],
Donor: Harold S. Hamlin
21 Harold S. Hamlin, (photocopy). September 14, 1945
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
22 Harold S. Hamlin, (photocopy). September 14, 1945
Donor: Otto Schwarz
23 Harold S. Hamlin, (photocopy). [ca. October 1945]
Donor: Harold S. Hamlin
24 W. D. Haskell casualty affidavit, (photocopy) [ca. 1945]
25 Eugene E. Lehnoff, MIS-X Questionnaire, (photocopy) [1945]
26 Arthur Lawrence Maher, (photocopy). December 5, 1945
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
27 S. Martin casualty affidavit, (photocopy) [ca. 1945],
28 Milton Robert May casualty affidavit, (photocopy) [ca. 1945],
29 Commander Rentz casualty affidavit, (photocopy) [ca. 1945],
30 Leon W. Rogers, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
31 Albert L. Rooks casualty affidavit, (photocopy) [ca. 1945],
32 K. L. Shaw, USMC, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
33 Charles D. Smith, (photocopy) September 18, 1945
34 Charles D. Smith, (photocopy). September 18, 1945
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
35 Charles D. Smith, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
36 John Bell Stivers, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
37 M. E. Weller casualty affidavits, (photocopies) [ca. 1945],
38 Unidentified, (photocopy) [ca. 1945?]



 

ROSTERS, 1942-1998

The rosters in this series are sorted alphabetically by the type of people listed, such as crew members from the USS Houston (CA-30), Lost Battalion Association members, or prisoners-of-war.
Box Folder
17 1 Crew members (Exchange of Information Sheet), compiled by Fred G. Hodge, 1946.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
2 Crew members, compiled by Bill Weissinger, (photocopy). 1983
Donor: Bill Weissinger
3 Crew members, compiled by Bill Weissinger, annotated, (photocopy). 1983-1991
Donor: Judy L. Robinson
4 Crew members, killed or wounded during the Battle of the Flores Sea, undated.
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
5 Crew members, 1955.
Donor: Doris Smith
6 Crew members, 1958.
Donor: Marvin E. Robinson
7 Crew members, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Marvin E. Robinson
8 Lost Battalion Association members, with letter from Crayton R. Gordon, 1976, April 1976.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
9 Lost Battalion Association members, 1983.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
10 POWs, Camp No. 11, Americans in Manila Port area, 1942-1944.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
11 POWs, Camp Omori, Tokyo, Japan, (photocopy). August 1945
Donor: USS San Juan Shipmates
12 POWs, deceased, American personnel, Fifth Branch Burma, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
13 POWs, deceased, Americans in Capt. Fitzsimmons’ party and Col. Tharp’s party, 1944.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
14 POWs, deceased, undated.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
15 POWs, deceased, (carbon copy). undated
Donor: Jack L. Williams
16 POWs, USS Houston (CA-30), compiled by John C. Reas, signed (photocopy), with letter from John C. Reas, [ca. 1942-1945], 1998 April 26, 1998.
Donor: John C. Reas
OVS
OVS POWs, USS Houston (CA-30), compiled by John C. Reas, with photograph of John C. Reas, (printed digital copies, matted). [ca. 1942-1945], 1940
Donor: John C. Reas
Box Folder
17 17 POWs, USS Houston (CA-30), enlisted personnel and locations as POWs, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
18 POWs, USS Houston (CA-30), [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: Marvin E. Robinson
OVS
OVS POWs (with details on health, movements, and financial transactions), 1943.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box Folder
17 19 USS Houston Survivors mailing list, 1959.
Donor: Jack L. Williams



 

POW CAMP RECORDS, 1942-1945

This series includes original records that were created in the prisoner-of-war camps. One set of records was created at the hospital where the POWs were treated following their liberation. Many of these records are extremely fragile.
Additional information related to the POW camps may be found in the Rosters series.
Box Folder
17 18 Information regarding [POW] casualties…gathered from…POWs at 142nd General Hospital, Calcutta, 1945
19 Henry Nickel record, (photocopy). [1942-1945],
Donor: Jack L. Williams
20 Lawrence Kondzela record, Japanese, (photocopy). [1942-1945],
Donor: Susan Pogue
Box Folder
55 1 No. 3 Branch, Thai POW camps, relationship of number of deaths to strength, by forces, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: Marvin E. Robinson
Box Folder
17 21 Frank Pistole record, (photocopy). [1942-1945],
Donor: Robert Pistole
22 POW casualties in Thailand and Burma to April 1944, [ca. 1944].
Donor: Doris Smith
23 POW death reports, three, (photocopies). 1943
Donor: Marvin E. Robinson
24 POW service records for USS Houston crew members (includes records of locations, illnesses, and deaths), 1942-1945.
Donor: John Harrell
25 POW work records, [1942-1945].
Donor: Jack Smith



 

CITATIONS, 1942-1949

This series includes citations and other commendations for military service, arranged alphabetically by recipient.
Box Folder
18 1 George E. Detre, Thank You letter from Harry Truman, (photocopy). [ca. 1945]
Donor: George E. Detre
2 Memorandum for Recipients of Prisoner of War Medal, March 1, 1988.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
3 Henry Nickel, Bronze Star Medal Citation, with letter from the Chief of Naval Personnel, [ca. 1947], November 3, 1947.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Henry Nickel, Commendation Ribbon Citation, [ca. 1947].
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Henry Nickel, USS Houston (CA-30) Presidential Unit Citation, [ca. 1942].
Donor: Jack L. Williams
4 Albert H. Rooks, Chevalier in the Military Willemsorde, with letter from F. Stam to Edith R. Rooks, Washington D.C., February 20, 1948, January 10, 1949.
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
Albert H. Rooks, Congressional Medal of Honor Citation, [ca. 1942].
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
Albert H. Rooks, Medal of Honor Citation, [ca. 1942].
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
Albert H. Rooks, USS Houston (CA-30) Presidential Unit Citation, [ca. 1942].
Donor: Harold R. Rooks
5 Albert H. Rooks, Press Release for Congressional Medal of Honor, (photocopy) June 24, 1942
Donor: Otto Schwarz
USS Houston Ship’s Company, Presidential Citation, (photocopy). [ca. 1942]
Donor: Otto Schwarz



 

CERTIFICATES, 1924-1998

The certificates in this series, which are primarily for military or educational achievements, are arranged alphabetically by recipient.
Box Folder
18 6 William C. Batchelor, Jr., Purple Heart, (photocopy), with request for military records. March 30, 1998
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
7 William C. Batchelor, Jr., various, 1934-1939.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
8 George E. Detre, Navy Training Course, August 26, 1941.
Donor: George E. Detre
9 Frank D. Ellis, various, 1924-1937.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
10 Henry Nickel, various, 1933-1990s.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box Folder
55 5 USS Rentz Plank Owner Certificate, 1984.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association>
Box
68 Robert G. Vaughn, Jr., Houston Volunteers, May 30, 1942.
Donor: Estate of Robert G. Vaughn, Jr.
Box Folder
18 11 Fred Viskovich, Navy Training Course, April 20, 1936.
Donor: Fred Viskovich



 

PROGRAMS, 1930-2003

Programs are arranged alphabetically by their title or by the subject of the event.
Box Folder
18 12 Boxing & Wrestling Finals, February 3, 1940.
Donor: John Stefanek
13 Christening and Launching Ceremony, USS Rentz (FFG-46), Includes photo Christmas card July 16, 1983.
14 Christmas 1936, USS Houston (CA-30), 1936
15 Christmas 1936, USS Houston (CA-30), 1936.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
16 Class of 1914 Dedication Ceremony, United States Naval Academy, Memorial in memory of Captain Albert Harold Rooks, September 24, 1960.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
17 Commissioning of the Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine USS Houston (SSN-713), September 25, 1982.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
18 Cruiser Houston Memorial Exhibit and the George R. Brown Room Dedication, 1981
19 Dedication of an Historical Marker at the site of The Induction Ceremony of the Second Cruiser Houston, November 11, 1974.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
20 Dedication of the USS Houston (CA 30) Memorial Monument, November 11, 1995.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
21 Divine Service, USS Houston, October 6-26, 1935.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
22 50th Anniversary of the Loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston, Memorial Service & Dedication Ceremony, February 27, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
23 Hawaiian Happy Hour, May 1, 1937.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
24 HMAS Perth, 43rd Annual Memorial Service, with two items. March 1, 1992,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
25 Homeward Bound, USS Houston, November 7, [1933?]
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
26 Lost Battalion Association Memorial Dedication, May 4, 1994.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
27 Lost Battalion, 12th Annual State Convention, August 10-11, 1956.
Donor: Doris Smith
28 Presentation to the USS Houston of a Silver Service, October 27, 1930.
Donor: Estate of Gladys (Patterson) Wilkins
29 Presentation to the USS Houston of a Silver Service, (two copies). October 27, 1930
Donor: Ed Wilkins
30 Presidential Cruise Divine Service, July 17-31, 1938.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
31 Prince’s [nightclub], Calcutta, September 11, 1945.
Donor: Doris Smith
32 Radio broadcast, Presidential Cruise, August 6, 1938.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
33 San Jacinto Celebration, April 20-21, 1960
34 Service of Remembrance, USS Houston (CA-30), Norfolk Naval Station, February 27, 1977.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
35 30th Year After Sinking USS Houston (CA-30) Memorial Program, Battleship Texas, February 27, 1972.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
36 USS Fort McHenry, Change of Command Ceremony, June 9, 1993.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
37 USS Houston Discharge Ceremony, [ca. 1945-1946].
Donor: Roy W. Offerle
38 USS Houston Second Presidential Cruise, (printed digital copy). 1935
Donor: Bob Kirchner
39 USS Houston Survivors and Next Generation Memorial Service, 1997-2003
40 USS Houston Survivors Association, 1974 Reunion, April 20-21, 1974.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
41 USS Houston Survivors Memorial Ceremony, USS Houston (SSN-713), March 1, 1992
42 USS Houston (SSN-713), Change of Command Ceremony, with invitation and guest pass. May 5, 1995,
Donor: Otto Schwarz
43 USS Houston (SSN-713), Welcoming Ceremony, March 19, 1983.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
44 USS McCluskey (FFG-41), Battle of Java Sea-Sunda Strait, 50th Anniversary Commemoration, March 1, 1992
45 USS McCluskey (FFG-41), Welcome Aboard, [ca. 1992]



 

BOOKLETS AND PAMPHLETS, 1934-1997

Booklets and pamphlets are arranged alphabetically by their creator, title, or subject.
Box Folder
19 1 The American Battle Monuments Commission, WWII Commemorative Program, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
2 Australia’s National Memorial to America, undated
3 Claims Committee, Liberated Military Personnel (Japan), Civil Responsibility of Japan…, 1946.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
4 Cruisers Houston Memorial and Cruiser Houston Room [not built], 1976
5 Death Becomes the Ghost (documentary film), [ca. 1997].
Donor: Vic Campbell
6 General Information for visit of U.S. Fleet to Norfolk, Virginia, 1934.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
7 "The Geneva Convention and You, "Armed Forces Talk, December 19, 1952.
Donor: Doris Smith
8 Glad To Have You Aboard, USS Rooks (DD-804), [ca. 1957]
9 Houston Documentary Expedition, June 1977
10 Launching Houston (SSN-713), March 21, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 Launching Houston (SSN-713), March 21, 1981.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
12 Memories (photocopy), undated.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
13 Presidential Cruise Aboard the USS Houston, (photocopy). 1934
Donor: I. Roy Coats
14 Remembering the USS Houston [exhibit catalog], University of Houston Libraries, January 15-May 2, 1997
15 "Saga of a Stout Ship,"reprinted from Hanson W. Baldwin’s Sea Fights and Shipwrecks; True Tales of the Seven Seas
16 "Saga of a Stout Ship,"reprinted from Hanson W. Baldwin’s Sea Fights and Shipwrecks; True Tales of the Seven Seas
17 Third Presidential Cruise of the USS Houston, 1938.
Donor: Harry T. Kelley
18 Third Presidential Cruise of the USS Houston, 1938.
Donor: James E. Reynolds
19 USS Houston (CA-30) Porthole, [ca.1992].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
20 USS Houston (CA-30) Ship's Bell, May 1, 1996.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
21 USS Houston Ceremony [Ship’s bell], Jakarta, Indonesia, August 24, 1973.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
22 USS Houston: From December 8, 1941 Until She Was Reported Missing February 28, 1942, [1942-1945].
Donor: Otto Schwarz >
23 USS Houston: From December 8, 1941 Until She Was Reported Missing February 28, 1942, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
24 USS Houston (CA-30), Monument to Honor the Ship and Her Gallant Crew, November 11, 1995.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
25 USS Houston Survivors Association 50th Anniversary Tour, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
26 USS Rentz, undated
27 Lloyd V. Willey, Battle Cruise of the Flagship “Houston,” Sinking of the Flagship “Houston,” Down Below, with letter from Lloyd Willey to Jack [Smith], 1951, April 18, 1953.
Donor: Doris Smith
28 Lloyd V. Willey, Battle Cruise of the Flagship “Houston,” Sinking of the Flagship “Houston,” Down Below, 1951.
Donor: Lloyd V. Willey
29 Lloyd V. Willey, For All That She Stood For, January 1984.
Donor: Lloyd V. Willey
30 Lloyd V. Willey, The Last Days of the USS Houston, undated
31 Lloyd V. Willey. "Lost Battalion - USS Houston"Poem Book, 1983.
Donor: Jo Burge
32 Lloyd V. Willey. "Lost Battalion - USS Houston"Poem Book, 1983.
Donor: Lloyd V. Willey
33 Welcome Aboard the USS Houston, (two copies). [1934]
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
34 Welcome Aboard the USS Houston, (two copies). July 3, 1935
Donor: I. Roy Coats
35 Welcome Aboard, USS Houston (SSN-713), undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
36 Welcome Aboard, USS Rentz (FFG-46), undated



 

DOCUMENTS, 1929-1995

Documents are arranged alphabetically by their title or subject.
Box Folder
20 1 American Ex-POWs, California State Department, 1959.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box Folder
26 10 American Ex-POWs, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, minutes and correspondence, 1953-1957.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box Folder
20 2 American Ex-POWs, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, various, 1953-1960.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
3 William C. Batchelor, Jr., miscellaneous documents, 1940-1943.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
4 Battle of Sunda Strait, undated
5 Bibliography, USS Houston Survivors Association, (photocopy). [ca. 1980s]
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 (George R.) Brown Room and Cruiser Houston Memorial Exhibit Proposal, ca. 1980-81.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
7 Damage control card, 1936.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
8 Death certificate, claims, William C. Batchelor, 1945-1946.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
9 Death gratuity vouchers, 1945.
Donor: Robert Pistole
10 De Slag in de Javazee (documentary film), promotional materials, ca. 1995
11 Documents, correspondence, Fort Union Military Academy, William C. Batchelor, 1938-1940.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
12 Documents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ellis, 1939-1948.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
13 Help Us Build a Memorial to Honor the USS Houston (CA 30), 1994.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
14 History of the USS Houston (CA-30) Monument, ca. 1990s.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
15 HMAS Perth Guided Missile Destroyer, undated
16 House Rules for War Prisoners, Camp at Thanbuzayat, Burma, (photocopy from Navy Dept.) 1942
17 Houston Volunteers monument, 1985
18 Inscription for a shrine to the USS Houston (CA 30), by Samuel Milner, with revision, (includes photocopies). undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
19 Inscription for a shrine to the USS Houston (CA 30), by Samuel Milner, undated.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
20 Instruction card, water and gas tight closures, 1940.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
21 Leaflet announcing end of war, Indochina, September 4, 1945.
Donor: John Stefanek
22 Leaflets announcing Japanese surrender, (photocopies). 1945
Donor: Otto Schwarz
23 Liberation and Evacuation of Allied Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees in Japan, September 2, 1945.
Donor: USS San Juan Shipmates
24 Military Records for Ellis B. Hostick, with letter, (photocopies). 1938-1940, April 5, 1978
Donor: Otto Schwarz
25 Monument Designation ICO USS Houston (CA-30), 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
26 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific “Punchbowl” plaque design, [1990].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
27 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific “Punchbowl” plaque, [ca. 1994].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
28 One Hundred Forty-Eighth Field Artillery, Unit History, (photocopy). 1940-1946
Donor: Otto Schwarz
29 Orders for the Day, March 28, 1938.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
30 Orders for the Day, January 3, 1939
31 Orders for the Day, May 10, 1940.
Donor: William Ingram
32 Orders for the Day, (photocopies). May 14, 1941, June 4, 1941
Donor: Irene Mills
33 Orders for the Day, (photocopy). May 14, 1941
Donor: Susan Pogue
34 Radio broadcast typescripts, Batavia, Java, (photocopies). March 7, 1943
Donor: Mrs. Marvin E. Robinson
35 Radio broadcast typescripts, Batavia, Java, March 7, 1943.
Donor: Mrs. Marvin E. Robinson
36 Report cards, William C. Batchelor, 1929-1937.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
37 Resolution, H.S. Strickland Day, (photocopy). June 30, 1976
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
38 Resolution, USS Houston Week, (photocopy). November 6, 1974
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
39 Retirement and benefits for Henry Nickel, 1948-1980.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
40 Rules for P.O.W.s in Japanese Camps, compiled by Pvt. H.G. Teel and Cpl. Bankhead of 131st F.A. Bn., (photocopy) undated
41 Specifications of USS Houston (SSN-713), 1982.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
42 USS Houston/HMAS Perth Memorial, guest list, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
43 USS Houston Morning Press, July 14, 1941.
Donor: W.W. Daniels
44 USS Mount Vernon deck log, (photocopy). March 1942
Donor: Otto Schwarz
45 USS Tulsa deck log, (photocopy). February 1942
Donor: Otto Schwarz
46 War claims, Henry Nickel, 1946-1956.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
47 Watch list (last day in Japan), 1945.
Donor: George E. Detre



 

NEWSLETTERS, 1930-1996

Newsletters are arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization that created them.
Box Folder
21 1 Ex-Prisoners of War and Relatives' Association, News Bulletin, 1992-1996
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
2 Ex-Prisoners of War Association of Australia, Barbed Wire and Bamboo, 1981-1996.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
3 Lost Battalion Association, May/June 1983, November 1983.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
4 Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, MA, Navy Family, March 1992
5 Naval Association of Australia, Ballina Sub-section, H.M.A.S. Scuttlebutt, Summer 1995/96
6 Pacific Ship and Shore Newsletter, February 1995, March 1995
7 U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes Bulletin, 1940.
Donor: Harry T. Kelley
8 U.S. Naval Training Station, Newport Recruit, August 16, 1930.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
9 WWII Naval Journal, 1992-1993.



 

ARTICLES, 1941-2000

Articles are arranged alphabetically by title. In many cases, the entire magazine or newsletter that the article may be found in is in the folder.
Box Folder
21 10 "The American Flag After Three and One Half Years" undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 "The Battle of the Java Sea, "Sea Classics, (photocopy) March 1992
12 "The Battle of Sunda Strait,"Naval History, (photocopy) Spring 1992
13 "The Battle of Sunda Strait and the Survivor, "(photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
14 "The Bridge Over The River Kwae: A Grim Episode of World War II, " Tourist Organization of Thailand (photocopy), August 1977.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
15 "Brown Room Houses Cruiser Memorabilia, "The Extra, Summer 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
16 "Building the Death Railway,"The Retired Officer, (photocopy) October 1981
17 "The Chester Class Cruisers, "(photocopy) undated
18 "The City Ensures That the USS Houston Will Sail Again,"Texas: Houston Chronicle Magazine, December 7, 1986
19 "Cruiser Houston Memorial Exhibit and the George R. Brown Room,"Texas Libraries, Donor: Otto Schwarz Fall 1981.
20 "Death of the Houston,"American Legion Magazine, January 1951.
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
21 "Death of the Houston,"Time, (photocopy) March 11, 1946
22 "Dedication Held for Special Room, "Library Newsletter, Donor: Otto Schwarz Summer 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
23 "Escape from Java: The Real Story of Dr. Wassell, "USN Series, 1994
24 "Expendables: The Retreat from Manila, "Shipmate, August 1954
25 "The Fate of the Galloping Ghost,"Reader’s Digest, December 1950
26 "For Want of a Plane, "Shipmate, January/February 1984
27 "The Galloping Ghost,"United States Naval Institute Proceedings, with clipping, February 1949, 1949
28 "The Galloping Ghost Comes of Age,"Our Navy, (photocopy). March 1963
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
29 "The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast, "Port of Houston, November 1994.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
30 "Galloping Ghost Surrounded, "World War II, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
31 "George Stoddard: A Houston Survivor, " October 15, 1985.
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
32 "The Heroic Houston's Last Stand, "Life(photocopy) Dec. 21, 1962
33 "He Who Sees First Lives Longest, "Naval History, July/August 1994
34 "Honoring the Past, "Raymond Record, 1982.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
35 "Honor Roll,"Our Navy, September 1942
36 "Houston I Begins An Heroic Tradition,"Shipyard Bulletin, November 1962.
Donor: Donald Royce
37 "Houston Replaces “Houston's” Losses, "Life Magazine, (photocopy). June 15, 1942
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
38 "The Houston's Last Battles,"Shipmate, May 1946.
39 "The Houston's Last Fight,"parts 1 and 2, Our Navy, December 1945.
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
Box Folder
22 1 "Invasion Fleet Challenged, "World War II, (photocopy) . undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
2 "Jap Fleet Defeats Ours – In a Jap Story, "Our Navy, (photocopy) February 1942
3 "Java Sea: Allied Debacle,"War at Sea: The Rising Sun in the Pacific, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
4 "The Java Sea Battles: February-March 1942, " undated
Box Folder
55 6 "The Legacy of the USS Houstons: A Case of Unparalleled Patriotism,"Texas: Houston Chronicle Magazine, December 9, 1979
Box Folder
22 5 "Liberators on the Kwai, "Aerospace Historian, June 1983
6 "The Modified Leander Class, HMAS Perth" undated
7 "One of Nine," 1982.
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
8 Other Allied ships, (includes photocopies) 1941-1997
9 "Prisoners of War Rescued from Torpedoed Japanese Transport, "Statement by Acting Prime Minister [Australia], November 17, 1944
10 "Proudly She Sailed: The Saga of the USS Houston,"in Aldus galley proof, [ca. 1980]
11 "Remember the Houston,"Cavalier, undated
12 "Sacrifices Must Be Made, "Proceedings, (photocopy) February 1992
13 "Saga of Two Stout Ships,"[Shipyard Bulletin?], undated
14 "Second To None, "Donor: Eugene Crispi 1945.
15 "Ship of the Month, USS Houston, "USCS Log, February 2000.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
16 "’Silver Anvil’ Goes to Naval Reserve Unit, "Sea Power, August 1984.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
17 "Splash Heard ‘Round the World "and "Capturing the Moment,"Masthead, Newport News Shipbuilding, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
18 "Time Ran Out for USS Houston, Ye Olde Dutch Mill, " reprinted from Houston Post, June 1983, February 1983.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
19 "A Tribute to Dr. Han Hekking,"Congressional Record, (photocopy), with clipping. November 18, 1983
Donor: Leonard “Dutch” Kooper
20 "Tribute to Texas and Houston "(by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox), [ca. December 1942]
21 United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific), "The Japanese Invasion of the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies, and Southeast Asia, " from The Campaigns of the Pacific War, (photocopy). 1946
Donor: Otto Schwarz
22 USS Houston AK-1, CA-30, and CL-81 from Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, (photocopy). 1968
Donor: Otto Schwarz
23 "USS Houston (CA-30) - Pride of the Asiatic Fleet," July 13, 1994.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
24 "USS Houston (CA-30),"Military, July 1993
25 "The War Cruise of the USS Houston, "(photocopy). undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
26 "What’s in a Name? "Our Navy, (photocopy). July 1944
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson



 

CLIPPINGS, 1929-2002

The clippings were organized during two different periods using two different methods. The first batch was arranged by topic, while the second batch was sorted only by date. The researcher looking for information on a particular topic should check not only the topical folders but also the date-only folders to make sure he has found all related clippings.
Due to the fragility of newsprint, all of the newspaper clippings have been photocopied onto less acidic paper.
Box Folder
23 1 Australian POWs/HMAS Perth, 1976-1988.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
2 Australian POWs/HMAS Perth, 1982-1994
3 Battle of the Java Sea, 1942-1945
4 Battle of the Java Sea, 1942-1945
5 Battle of the Java Sea, 1942-1946
6 Boxing; Frank Pistole, and [ca. 1942] undated.
Donor: Robert Pistole
7 Boxing, John Wisecup [ca. 1938-39].
Donor: Ned Gallagher
8 Burma-Thai railway, 1958-1994
9 Burma-Thai railway, 1959-1982
10 Burma-Thai railway, 1992
11 Crew members MIA/KIA, undated 1942-1944,
OVS
OVS "Cruiser Houston…Sunk at Java, "Cleveland Press, (original and copy). 1942
Donor: John C. Reas
Box Folder
23 12 50th Anniversary, Sinking of the USS Houston (CA-30), 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
13 50th Anniversary, Sinking of the USS Houston (CA-30), 1992
14 Houston Volunteers, 1942-1974
15 The Katy Times, 1999, 2002.
Donor: Jerry Waxman
16 Dr. Farrel W. Keith, undated.
Donor: Clyde Keith
17 Guthrie F. Layne, Jr., [1942].
Donor: Allie V. Layne
18 Lost Battalion Association, 1976-1988.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
19 Samuel McMaster, Pittsburgh, [ca. 1942].
Donor: Bridget McMaster
20 Other Allied ships, and 1997 undated
21 POW Camp Experiences, [ca. 1994].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
22 POWs flag, 1955.
Donor: Dean Wood
23 POWs, [1942-1945].
Donor: Robert Pistole
24 Punchbowl Cemetery plaque, 1994.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
25 River Kwai, 1982.
Donor: Leonard "Dutch" Kooper
26 "Saga of a Stout Ship,"New York Times Magazine, 1946.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
Box Folder
24 1 Silver Service, 1930.
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
2 Silver Service, 1929-1943
3 Survivors reunions, 1956-1985
Box Folder
55 7 USS Houston (CA-30), 1942
Box Folder
24 4 USS Houston (CA-30), 1942.
Donor: Louis Garbs
5 USS Houston (CA-30), 1943-1993
6 USS Houston (CA 30), 1942
7 USS Houston (CA-30) memorials, [ca. 1945]-1995
8 USS Houston (CA-30) Monument, [ca. 1990s].
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
9 USS Houston (CA-30) pilots, [ca. 1940s]
10 USS Houston (CA-30) Survivors, 1942-1956
11 USS Houston (CA-30) Survivors, 1971 -1994
12 USS Houston (CL 81), 1942-1995
13 USS Houston (SSN 713) launch, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
14 USS Houston (SSN 713) launch, 1981
15 USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, 1997.
Donor: Lin Drees
Box Folder
55 8 War bond drive, 1942
9 War bond drive, 1942
Box Folder
24 16 William J. Weissinger, undated
17 Clippings, [1930].
Donor: Estate of Gladys (Patterson) Wilkins
18 Clippings, ca. 1935.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
19 Clippings, 1936
20 Clippings, 1942-1945.
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
21 Clippings, 1943-1994.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
22 Clippings, 1944.
Donor: Dan T. Chandler
23 Clippings, 1945, 1995.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
24 Clippings, and 1945undated
25 Clippings, 1945, 1997.
Donor: Ned Gallagher
26 Clippings, 1963-1983.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
27 Clippings, 1967
28 Clippings, 1979
29 Clippings, with letter from Leonard “Dutch” Kooper, 1982. August 31, 1982.
Donor: Leonard "Dutch" Kooper
30 Clippings, 1982.
Donor: James E. Reynolds
31 Clippings, 1982-1985.
Donor: Leonard "Dutch" Kooper
32 Clippings, 1982-1984
33 Clippings, 1985.
Donor: Leonard "Dutch" Kooper
34 Clippings, 1985-1986
35 Clippings, 1994
OVS
OVS Clipping, 1997.
Donor: Jack Feliz
Box Folder
24 36 Clippings, and 2000 undated.
Donor: Vivian Barber
37 Clippings, undated.
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
38 Clippings, undated.
Donor: Doris Smith



 

PERSONAL ACCOUNTS

This series contains accounts of events related to the USS Houston (CA030) and the POW experience, as recollected by individuals who directly experienced them. Most of these personal accounts were given many decades after the original events.
Box Folder
25 1 And God Was There, undated
2 Charles Atterberry, letter from Mattie Atterberry to Otto Schwarz, December 18, 1990.
Donor: Mattie Atterberry
3 Raymond Day, Saga of the Houston, with Inventory of Clinical Records. undated,
4 M.V. Eddy, letter from Eddy to Otto Schwarz, El Cajon, CA, June 20, 1980.
Donor: Merritt V. Eddy
5 Tom Falloon, My Brush with History. Donor: USS San Juan Shipmates
6 Robert B. Fulton, account of Paul Gyugo, September 16, 1989.
Donor: Robert B. Fulton
7 Robert B. Fulton, account of Caswell Mayo, (photocopy). October 4, 1983
Donor: Robert B. Fulton
8 Presidential Cruise 1938, [ca. 1988].
Donor: James E. Reynolds
9 Otto Schwarz. American POWs in Saigon (1944-1945), 2002.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
10 Otto Schwarz, Wreath laying ceremony in Sunda Strait, 1981.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
11 Jack Smith, personal accounts.
Donor: Jack Smith
12 T.H. Moorer, Recollections on USS Houston, (photocopy). February 28, 1972
Donor: Otto Schwarz
13 The Story of Lieutenant (jg) Francis Weiler's U.S. Naval Academy Class Ring.
Donor: Jack and Pat Mintzer
14 William J. Weissinger Jr., interviewed by Samuel Milner, and August 12 August 19, 1959.
Donor: Otto Schwarz



 

TYPESCRIPTS/HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS

This series contains both typescripts prepared for potential publication, and fact-based accounts of various aspects of the USS Houston (CA-30) story. Materials are arranged alphabetically by author.
Box Folder
25 15 T.R. Beaton, A Traveller’s Guide to the Burma Railway, 2003.
Donor: Terry Beaton
16 Carter B. Conlin, Ship's Bell of USS Houston (CA-30), 1991
17 Lost Battalion Association, undated
18 Samuel Milner, Introduction and Chapter 3, The Undefeated: An Epic For Our Time; (photocopies). 1987
Donor: James E. Reynolds
19 Samuel Milner, [Introduction], The Undefeated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
20 Samuel Milner, Java and After: The Project in Outline.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
21 Samuel Milner, Statement of Plans For Research, undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
22 Samuel Milner, The Undefeated: The Project in Outline, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Otto Schwarz
23 Office of Naval Records and History, History of USS Houston (CA-30), 1949.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
24 Office of Naval Records and History, History of USS Houston (CA-30), revised by USS Houston Survivors Association/Next Generation, 1995
25 David P. Robrock, Dedication of the Cruiser Houston Memorial Exhibit and the George R. Brown Room, 1981
26 The Scouting Cruiser Houston, ca. 1994.
Donor: Carter B. Conlin
27 USS Houston (CA-30), background for USS Houston (SSN-713) memorial service, April 1993.
Donor: Otto Schwarz.



 

ORAL HISTORIES

This series contains two bound transcripts of oral history interviews done with Houston survivors by the University of North Texas Oral History Program. Patrons are welcome to read the oral histories in the Special Collections reading room, but anyone wishing photocopies of the transcripts must contact the University of North Texas Oral History Program directly.
Box Folder
25 28 Melford L. Forsman, University of North Texas Oral History Collection.
Donor: Melford E. "Gus" Forsman
29 Otto Schwarz, University of North Texas Oral History Collection.
Donor: Otto Schwarz



 

COMMEMORATIVE BOOKLETS

Most of the booklets in this series are bound, photocopied collections of articles, photographs, poems, etc. that were created by Houston survivors to commemorate their experiences. They are arranged alphabetically by creator.
Box Folder
26 1 The Cruiser Houston Story - Circa 1924-1983 - How Did It Happen-When and Where, [ca. 1983].
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
2 Carl H. Fritsche, USS Houston, 131st Field Artillery, 7th Bomb Group and the River Kwai Data Collection.
Donor: Carl H. Fritsche
Box Folder
28 1 John C. Reas, The Real Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai, 2001.
Donor: John C. Reas
2 John C. Reas, Story of the Survivor/Death Lists: Men of the USS Houston Showing Who Died Constructing the Burma-Siam Railway, 1998.
Donor: John C. Reas
Box Folder
27 1 John C. Reas, USS Houston CA-30 Survivors Reunion and Memorial Service, 1998.
Donor: John C. Reas
2 John C. Reas, USS Houston CA-30 Survivors and The Next Generation Reunion and Memorial Service, 1999.
Donor: John C. Reas
3 John C. Reas, USS Houston CA-30 Survivors and The Next Generation Reunion and Memorial Service, 2000.
Donor: John C. Reas
4 John C. Reas, USS Houston CA-30 Survivors and The Next Generation Reunion and Memorial Service, 2001.
Donor: John C. Reas
Box Folder
28 3 The Saga of the USS Houston: Harold M. Johnson.
Donor: Family of Harold M. Johnson
Box Folder
26 3 George D. Stoddard, The Sinking of the USS Houston and Life In Japanese Prison Camps, March 3, 2001.
Donor: Marilyn Messier
4 USS Houston and POW Camps booklet (Ghost of the Java Coast cover).
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
5 USS Houston and POW Camps booklet (Navy Combat cover).
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson
6 USS Houston (CL-81), Life Magazine's "The Kissing Sailor, " 2001.
Donor: William Schramm
7 John R. Wisecup, After the Battle: Hintok!
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
8 John R. Wisecup, After the Battle: Hintok! USS Houston Survivors Association/Next Generation
9 John R. Wisecup, After the Battle: Hintok! and additional materials (photocopy).
Donor: Eugene Wilkinson



 

POETRY

Poems are arranged alphabetically by author.
Box Folder
29 1 Anonymous. "The Sinking of the Flagship Houston"/"Tis True,"[Bicycle Camp, Java, with transcription. ca. 1942-1945],
Donor: Quentin C. Madson
2 A member of Marine Corps... "The Houston Under Fire, "(carbon copy). undated
Donor: Henry P. Thew
3 A member of the Marine Corps... "The Houston Under Fire. "
Donor: William Ingram
4 "A Navy Splice, "(carbon copy).
Donor: I. Roy Coats
5-6 Jack Smith. Poetry.
Donor: Jack Smith
7 Sophocles, extract from "Chorus from Ajax, " undated.
Donor: Joe Kollmyer
8 Lloyd V. Willey, "Battle Cruise of the Flagship ‘Houston,’"Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Java, (photocopy). ca. 1942
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
9 Lloyd V. Willey, "Commissioning of the USS Rentz (FFG-46)," June 8, 1984.
Donor: Lloyd V. Willey
10 Lloyd V. Willey, "Commissioning of the USS Rentz (FFG-46),"(photocopy). June 8, 1984
Donor: Leonard “Dutch” Kooper
11 Lloyd V. Willey, "Dream of a Prisoner-of-War," September 21, 1989.
Donor: Lloyd V. Willey
12 Lloyd V. Willey, "Our Chaplain's Memorial - USS Rentz," March 20, 1986.
Donor: Leonard "Dutch" Kooper
13 John Wisecup. Poetry and cartoons.
Donor: Ned Gallagher



 

SPEECHES

Speeches are arranged alphabetically by author.
Box Folder
29 14 William A. Bernrieder, The United States Cruiser "Houston": The Pride of Our Navy and the City of Houston, (photocopy). October 11, 1930
Donor: Otto Schwarz
15 Gavan Daws, Dedication of Lost Battalion and Houston Survivors Monument, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (“Punchbowl”), Honolulu, May 4, 1994
16 Joseph T. McCullen, Jr., Remarks By the Honorable Joseph T. McCullen, Jr. at the USS Houston Rededication Ceremony, (photocopy). November 11, 1974
Donor: Otto Schwarz
17 Sandy McNab, Toast, HMAS Perth and USS Houston Survivors 50th Anniversary Reunion Dinner, February 28, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
18 Lt. Col. Nagamoto, Speech Delivered By Lieut. Col. Y. Nagatomo To Allied Prisoners of War At Thanbhyuzhat, Burma, (photocopy). October 28, 1942
Donor: Otto Schwarz
19 Lt. Col. Nagamoto, Speech given by Lt. Col. Nagatomo, Commanding War Prisoners Camp at Thambyuziat, Burma, (photocopy from Navy Dept.) October 28, 1942
20 Tommy Payne, USS Houston (SSN-713), March 1, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
21 Capt. Carl Ragsdale, Memorial Day 1942 Reenactment Ceremony, (photocopy). [ca. 1992]
Donor: Otto Schwarz
22 Otto Schwarz, Remarks For the USS Houston Memorial, March 1, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
23 Otto Schwarz, Memorial Speech at Ceremony for USS Houston (CA-30), (photocopy). February 29, 1992
Donor: Otto Schwarz
24 Otto Schwarz, "We Bought Time, "USS Houston Survivors Association Reunion, March 1, 2002.
Donor: Robert Fulton
25 L.W. Rogers, USS Houston (SSN-713), Donor: March 1, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
26 Terry Rentz Willis, The Houston Survivors Association, (photocopy). March 7, 1992
Donor: Otto Schwarz
27 Opening of the New Exhibition at the Changi Museum Honoring Americans who were Prisoners of War in Singapore, December 7, 2001.
Donor: Jack Smith



 

SCRAPBOOKS

The scrapbooks in this collection are very fragile and bulky, and many of them contain loose items. Because of their condition, they cannot be photocopied, and decisions about photographing them will be made by the curator on a case-by-case basis. Materials may not be removed from scrapbooks for photocopying or photography.
Scrapbooks are arranged alphabetically by creator.
Box
31 William C. Batchelor, Jr., sister of, 1920-1997.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Box
30 I. Roy Coats, scrapbook pages, 1934-1935.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 1 J.C. Dinkel, 1930-1933.
Donor: John Bartz
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 2 Arthur F. Durose, 1936 1949.
Donor: Arthur F. Durose
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 3 Louis F. Garbs, [ca. 1931]-1939.
Donor: Louis F. Garbs
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 4 Norrie C. Gardiner, [ca. 1931-1933].
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
Box Folder
55 2 Norrie C. Gardiner, scrapbook pages [ca. 1942].
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
Box Folder
29 28 Gilbert W. Hayes, scrapbook pages, (photocopies) [ca. 1938]
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 5 Robert Lamb, [ca. 1931-1933].
Donor: Robert Lamb
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 6 Frank Lima, 1931 1934.
Donor: Frank Lima
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 7 Jack L. Smith, 1942 1956.
Donor: Doris Smith
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 8 Jack L. Smith, family of, 1938-1945.
Donor: Doris Smith
Scrapbook
Scrapbook 9 Svendburg, F., [ca. 1931 1933].
Donor: Bremerton Naval Museum



 

INVITATIONS

Box Folder
32 1 Christmas Ball, December 28, 1935.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
2 Dance aboard USS Houston, October 29, [1930].
Donor: Estate of Gladys (Patterson) Wilkins
3 Dance invitation, August 17, 1934.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
4 Farewell Party, June 11, 1937.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
5 Farewell Party, June 11, 1937.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
6 Ship’s model and Cruiser Houston memorabilia acquisition, UH Libraries, 1979.
7 USS Houston (SSN-713) Launch,
8 USS Houston (SSN-713) Launch, March 1981.
9 USS Houston (CA-30) Memorial Dedication Ceremony, November 11, 1995
10 USS Houston Survivors Association 50th Anniversary Tour, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz



 

MENUS

Box Folder
32 11 Christmas, (photocopy). 1930
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
12 Christmas, 1935
Donor: Fred Viskovich
13 Christmas, 1935
14 Christmas, (photocopy). 1936
Donor: Fred Viskovich
15 Christmas, 1937.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
16 Christmas, (photocopy). 1938
Donor: Norrie C. Gardiner
17 Christmas, 1939.
Donor: John Stefanek
18 Christmas, (two copies). 1940
Donor: Robert Pistole
19 Christmas, 1940.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
20 Christmas, 1940.
Donor: Charles E. White
21 Thanksgiving, 1934.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
22 Thanksgiving, 1934.
Donor: Louis F. Garbs
23 Thanksgiving, 1939.
Donor: Otis Truelove
24 Thanksgiving, undated.
Donor: James Ballen



 

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
40 Acey-deucy board and pieces, Takefu POW Camp, [1942-1945].
Donor: J.P. O'Grady
Box Folder
32 25 Address book, [1945].
Donor: John Stefanek
26 Airplane pieces, 1934.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
27 Allied Forces Leave Pass, Camp No. 24, [ca. 1945].
Donor: George E. Detre
28 Baggage tag, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
Exhibit
EXHIBIT Bell, removed from ship prior to war. On loan from Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
Box
37 Belt buckle, 1940.
Donor: Ray Sparks
Box
38 Belt buckle, USS Houston Survivors Association, undated.
Donor: C.W. Washburn
Box
43 Billfold and flag, [1942-1945].
Donor: John C. Reas
Box
42 Bowl and spoon, [1942-1945].
Donor: John Stefanek
Box Folder
32 29 Bumper sticker, USS Houston (CA-30), 2001.
30 Bumper sticker, USS Houston (SSN-713), undated.
31 Button, Ted “Itch” Schram, 2001.
Donor: Family of Ted Schram
32 Calendar pages, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
33 Card, Christmas, 1932.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
34 Card, Christmas, 1935.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
35 Card, Happy New Year, Changi Camp, Singapore, [ca. 1942-1945].
36 Cigarette wrappers, beer labels, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
Box
44 Coins, commemorative (two), 2002.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Box Folder
32 37 Commemorative broadside, undated
Box Folder
55 10 Crossing the Line certificate, (printed digital copy). May 20, 1936
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
Box Folder
32 38 Crossing the Line certificates, subpoena, May 20, 1936.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
39 Crossing the Line songs, memos, July 1938.
Donor: Fred Viskovich
40 Crossing the Line subpoena, (printed digital copy). May 20, 1936
Donor: Phillip Wayne Ellerbee
Box
37 Crucifix and hearts, plexiglass, 1944.
Donor: John Stefanek
Box Folder
32 41 Currency, [ca. 1940s].
Donor: George E. Detre
42 Currency, [ca. 1940s].
Donor: Robert Pistole
43 Currency, [ca. 1940s].
Donor: John Stefanek
44 Currency, , [ca. 1940s].
Donor: Henry P. Thew
45 Dance card, Christmas Ball, December 22, 1934.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Box
50 Flag, crocheted, 1978.
Donor: Marvin E. Robinson
Box
34 Flag flown on USS Houston by diver, October 3, 2001.
Donor: Mason Logie
Box
35 Flag flown on USS Houston by divers, March 1-2, 2002.
Donor: Brad Smith
Box
45 Flag made in POW camp. [Saigon, Indochina. 1945].
Gift of Doris Smith
Box Folder
32 46 Flag, undated.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Box
50 Flags, [USS Houston (SSN-713) launch?], undated
Box
36 Food supply band, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
Box Folder
32 47 Form for writing to POWs, 1944.
Donor: George E. Detre
48 Honorable Discharge case, [ca. 1940s].
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
49 I.D. number, bath stamp, with description, , [1942-1945].
Donor: James E. Reynolds
50 I.D. tags, [1942-1945].
Donor: William J. Stewart
Box
42 I.D. tag, [1942-1945].
Donor: John Stefanek.
Box
37 I.D. tag made by Lewis Biechlen, [1942-1945].
Donor: Eugene Crispi
I.D. tag and medallion, [1942-1945].
Donor: Henry P. Thew
I.D. tags, [1942-1945].
Donor: George E. Detre
Keys, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: Harry T. Kelley
Knife, [1942-1945].
Donor: Henry P. Thew
Knife, ball bearing from air raid siren, Ohasi, Japan, 1945.
Donor: William J. Stewart
Box Folder
32 51 Letter [for athletic achievement], ca. 1940s.
Donor: John Stefanek
52 Letter of authenticity for oil collected from USS Houston (CA-30), with photograph of oil. March 1, 2003,
Donor: Bradley D. Gift
Box Folder
33 1 Liberty card, March 1, 19[??].
Donor: Jack L. Williams
2 Liberty passes, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s].
Donor: I. Roy Coats
3 Liberty pass, USS Houston, [ca. 1935-1939].
Donor: Fred Viskovich
4 Liberty pass, USS Minneapolis, undated.
Donor: Dominick DiMassimo
5 Matchbooks, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
6 Matchbook, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s].
Donor: Steve Kovacs
Box
37 Match boxes, 1945.
Donor: Joan Winklareth
Medals, William Martin DeShields.
Donor: Donald F. DeShields.
Box
39 Medals, Henry Nickel.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box
Display box Medals, Capt. Albert H. Rooks.
On loan from Harold R. Rooks
Box Folder
33 7 Medical tag, 1945.
Donor: Henry P. Thew
8 Memorial cards, Frank Dethloff and Robert Lee Dethloff, 1989
Exhibit
EXHIBIT Model of USS Houston (CA 30) by Joseph T. Drummond, [ca. 1958]
Box Folder
33 9 Movie passes, 1940.
Donor: Vivian Barber
10 Napkin, USS Rentz (FFG-46), undated
11 Obituary of John C. Reas, laminated, 2003.
Donors: Wallace and Vicki Keehr
Box
46 Oil collected from USS Houston (CA-30) by diver, January 26, 2003.
Donor: Bradley D. Gift
Box
48 Part of USS Houston's deck, undated.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Box Folder
33 12 Patch, Red Cross, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
13 Patch, USS Houston Survivors Association, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Box Folder
55 3 Pennant, USS Houston (CA-30), [ca. 1935-1939].
Donor: Fred Viskovich
11 Pennants, USS Houston (SSN-713) launch, 1981.
Box Folder
51 Pillowcases, 1936.
Donor: Mrs. H. E. Davis
Box
47 Pipe and tin, [ca. 1942-1945].
Donor: James E. Reynolds.
Box Folder
33 14 Postage stamp, Panama Canal Zone, 1939.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
15 Postcard, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Hampton Roads, Va., (printed digital copy). 1937
Donor: Otto Schwarz
16 Postcard, USS Houston, [ca. 1929].
Donor: Sean Ellerbee>
17 Postcards, Australians Under Fire, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
18 Postcards, Real Photo, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
19 Postcards, USS Houston, [ca. 1930s].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
20 Postcards, USS Houston, undated.
Donor: Matthew L. Johnson
21 Postcard, 1936
Donor: Harry T. Kelley
Box Folder
55 4 Posters, "Avenge the Houston!…with the Houston Volunteers,"(reproductions) 1942
Box Folder
33 22 Poster, "Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, " 1940.
23 Pouch, [1942-1945].
Donor: George E. Detre
Box
36 Pouch, undated.
Donor: Doris Smith
Box Folder
33 24 Prayer read at launch of USS Houston (CA-30), 1929
25 Printed pictures, 1935.
Donor: I. Roy Coats
Box Folder
55 12 Proclamation, Texas Lost Battalion/USS Houston Survivors Days, 1985.
Donor: C. Hartung
Box Folder
33 26 Radio script, WHMA, 1945.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
27 Receipt for POW package, [1942-1945].
Donor: George E. Detre
Box
50 Red Cross convalescent kit bag, 1945.
Donor: John Stefanek
Box Folder
33 28 Red Cross food transport label, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
Box
37 Rosary and box made from K-ration kit, [1942-1945].
Donor: Patricia Letze and Sharron Long
Box Folder
55 13 Rubbing of plaque at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, [ca. 1986].
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Box Folder
33 29 School assignment by granddaughter of “Joe” Gans, 1998.
Donor: Rich Gans
Box
41 Sculpture made from ammunition, undated
Box Folder
33 30 Ship's service coupons, 1942.
Donor: H.E. Brooks
Box Folder
55 14 Signatures, USS Houston Survivors, on matboard, [ca. 1997]
15 Signs, USS Houston Survivors Association.
Donor: Leonard W. Kooper
Box
36 Sleeve cuff, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
Box
48 Spike from Burma-Thai Railway, [ca. 1983].
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. J.M. Ballinger
Box
44 Spike from Burma-Thai Railway, framed, inscribed, [ca. 1983].
Donor: John Schwarz
Box
49 Spike from Burma-Thai Railway, [ca. 1983].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Box
37 Spoon, [1942-1945].
Donor: George E. Detre
Box Folder
33 31 Stamps, American Ex-Prisoners of War, [ca. 1950s].
Donor: Jack L. Williams
32 Stamps, World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Series, 1991.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
33 Stamps, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
OVS
OVS Steel from USS Houston, 1928.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
33 34 Sticker, USS McClusky (FFG-41).
Donor: Otto Schwarz
35 Stickers, USS Rentz (FFG-46).
Donor: Otto Schwarz
36 Territorian Lottery: Battle of Australia (photocopy), z [ca. 1990s].
Donor: Jack Feli
37 Ticket for Valdon S. Roberts, Air Transport Command, September 9, 1945.
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
Box
52 Uniform of David Flynn (Radioman First Class), dress blues, 1945.
Donor: David Flynn
Box
53 Uniform of Henry Nickel (Chief Boatswain’s Mate), dress blue uniform with hat frame, late 1940s.
Donor: Jack L. Williams
Box Folder
33 38 U.S. Navy Free Mailing Cards, undated.
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
39 War ration book, 1943.
Donor: Val Roberts-Poss
Box
37 Wooden cross, die, [1942-1945].
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
Box Folder
33 40 World Revival Hymns book, 1939.
Donor: William J. Stewart



 

FILM AND VIDEO RECORDINGS

This series is divided into the following three formats: VHS videotape, ¾” videotape, and film. Within each format, the recordings are arranged alphabetically by title or subject. The film series includes the nitrate original of a 1930 newsreel, which has been transferred to both 35mm film and VHS videotape for preservation.
Commercially released videotapes, such as motion pictures or documentaries, have been removed from the Cruiser Houston Collection and cataloged for greater access. To located these videos in the UH Libraries Catalog, search the catalog by entering “Cruiser Houston Collection” as the author, and limit the results of the search to the material type “Video.”
Patrons wishing to view videotapes in our reading room should contact Special Collections in advance so that we may arrange for a video monitor.
VHS
56 Asiatic Fleet Reunion, Washington D.C., 1997
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Battle of Java Sea - Sunda Strait 50th Anniversary, USS McClusky, March 1, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
"City Greets Cruiser, "Paramount Sound News, (two copies) 1930
Dr. Hekking 89.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Houston Monument, November 11, 1995.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Houston Survivor interviews, ( USSHouston (CA 30) Foundation presents The galloping ghost of the Java coast, first cut), November 5, 1996.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Lost Battalion Association Reunion, Fort Worth, Holland; Doc Hekking, 1988; 1988.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Lost Battalion Memorial Dedication, Punchbowl, 1994.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Memorial Service Conducted in the Sunda Strait and Java Sea on April 4, 1993 by USS Houston (SSN-713), April 4, 1993.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Memorial Service Conducted in the Sunda Strait and Java Sea on April 4, 1993 by USS Houston (SSN-713), 1993.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
VHS
57 Memorial Service, Houston, Texas, March 1, 1997.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Otto Schwarz at Admiral Nimitz Museum Symposium, Clifton Steamboat Museum, March 18, 1995.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Otto Schwarz at Hillborough High School, 1991.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Otto Schwarz Oral History Interview, National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Historic Site, August 1993.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Otto Schwarz, USS Houston, The POW Experience.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Otto Schwarz, USS Houston Survivors Association and HISD, January 25, 1994.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Rogers (PM Interview).
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Spirit of the Railway: POWs on the Death Railway, Thought Films, PAL VHS. 1999,
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
USS Fort McHenry, Sunda Strait 1992; USS Houston Memorial, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
USS Houston – HMAS Perth Memorial Tree Dedication, Arlington National Cemetery, March 5, 1994.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
USS Houston Memorial Reunion, 1999.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
VHS
58 USS Houston Monument Dedication, November 11, 1995.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
USS Houston Survivor - Scarborough High, February 4, 1993.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
USS McCluskey Wreath Laying, March 1, 1992.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
USS Rentz Commissioning, 1984.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Wreath Laying: Sunda Strait/Memorial Service: San Antonio.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Videotape
59 [George R.] Brown Room dedication, May 15, 1981
George [R.] Brown Room interview; George [R.] Brown Room dedication; [USS Houston (CA-30)?] launching; [USS Houston (SSN-713)] launching.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
"City Greets Cruiser, "Paramount Sound News, [film transfer master cassette] 1930
Houston Survivors Dub, PM Magazine, San Diego, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Videotape
60 Launch of the USS Houston,Houston Survivor’s Association, Dub - WFN, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Opening, Cruiser Houston
Thai special, PM Magazine, May 10, 1988.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
USS Houston historical footage: President Roosevelt; [USS Houston] CL-30 launch; night battle action; USS Houston [CL-81] launch, [ca. 1930s-1981].
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Videotape
61 USS Houston (SSN-713) launching, Newport News Shipbuilding, (two copies) March 21, 1981
USS Houston (SSN-713) launching, Newport News Shipbuilding, Good Morning America, (two copies). March 1981
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Bill Weissinger interview and dedication, undated
Film
62 "City Greets Cruiser, "Paramount Sound News, (labeled Official Ceremonies at Houston City Auditorium…), [nitrate original] 1930
"City Greets Cruiser, "Paramount Sound News, [35mm dupe negative made in 1995] 1930



 

AUDIO RECORDINGS

This series includes cassette tapes and one audio reel, arranged alphabetically by title or subject.
Box
63 George R. Brown Memorial Room, U of H, May 15, 1981
CBS News programs, 1941-1942.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Wayne and Sean Ellerbee, tribute to Houston
Donor: Phillip Wayne and Sean Ellerbee
Ex POW Gala Variety Concert, Melbourne Concert Hall, October 4, 1984
Houston Room dedication, USS Texas, April 1960
Charlie Pryor, Frank Gallagher memorial service, August 1983.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
Otto Schwarz, Barry Farber Show, WOR-NY, November 16, 1976.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Otto Schwarz, High Point High School, May 24, 1980.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Sunda Strait, October 12, 1981.
Donor: Betty Batchelor Miles
USS Houston Bell Ceremony, City Hall [audio reel], January 17, 1974
USS Houston (SSN-713) launch, Good Morning America, March 21, 1981; March 24, 1981



 

MAPS AND SHIPS’ PLANS

Box Folder
33 41 Battle of Sunda Strait maps, (photocopies) undated
42 Hydrographic chart depicting wreath laying, 50th Anniversary of sinking of USS Houston (CA-30).
Donor: Otto Schwarz
43 Ship’s plans, Liebenfels (photocopy), with letter, August 16, 1977.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
54 17 Ship’s plans?, USS Houston (AK-1), undated.
Donor: William A. Bernrieder
Box Folder
33 44 Ship’s plans, USS Houston (CA-30), by illustrator Robert F. Sumrall, (photographic print) undated
Box Folder
54 18 Ship’s plans, USS Houston (CA-30), by illustrator Robert F. Sumrall, undated
OVS
OVS Ship’s plans, USS Houston (CA-30), original blueprint, (later reproduction) 1928
Box Folder
54 15 Southeast Asia map depicting USS Houston locations, created for UH Libraries exhibit, 1997
16 Strategic Map to Follow the Battle of the Pacific and the Orient, Kansas City Star, January 18, 1942.
Donor: Harry T. Kelley
Box Folder
33 45 Thailand-Burma Railway Map, 2002.
Donor: Otto Schwarz



 

MISCELLANEOUS ARTWORKS

Box Folder
33 46 Cartoon drawing of dairy farm, 1944.
Donor: Mrs. Philip Bloemsa
47 Commemorative drawings, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
Box Folder
55 18 Drawing of USS Houston by Sean Ellerbee, 1999.
Donor: Sean Ellerbee
Box Folder
33 48 Drawing of USS Houston by Sean Ellerbee, (printed digital copy?). 1998
Donor: John C. Reas
49 Drawing of USS Houston Presidential Cruise, framed, undated.
Donor: Frank Lima
50 House plans, with log and addresses, [1942-1945].
Donor: Doris Smith
Box Folder
55 16 The Convoy: USS Houston, USS Peary, print of painting, with article. undated.
Donor: Jack Feliz
Box Folder
33 51 Source photograph for The Convoy painting, (photocopy). undated
Donor: Jack Feliz
Box Folder
55 17 USS Houston in Action, Battle of Sunda Strait by John Hamilton, photograph of painting



 

FRAMED ITEMS

Framed items include paintings, photographs, and other types of materials. Many of these items are on permanent exhibition in the library. Some framed items have been reframed or rematted for preservation purposes. They are arranged alphabetically by title or subject.
In some instances, donor information on framed items has been difficult to locate. Special Collections welcomes any additional information that will enable us to properly credit the donors of paintings and other framed items.
Battle of Sunda Strait by Oliver Houston, oil painting,
"The Battle of Sunda Strait, "poem by H.J. Hill, 1973.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
George R. Brown photograph, 12 ¼ x 15 ¼”
Collage including resolution and photographs, 38 ¼ x 34 ½”
Collage including "When 88 had the helm…, "29 x 15”
Collage of Bernrieder letters and article, 32 x 15 ½”
Convoy of the Cripples by Raymond A. Massey, lithographic print, 39 ½ x 31 ½”.
Donor: William Kirkland
Flag used by Henry Latrobe Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 16 ¾ x 13 ¼”. 1933-1936,
Donor: Harry L. Roosevelt, III
Galloping Ghost by Robert Blake, watercolor, 32 ¼ x 18 ½”.
Donor: Melford E. "Gus" Forsman
HMAS Perth in Action, Battle of Sunda Strait by John Hamilton, print of painting, 27 ½ x 15.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
HMAS Perth by J.G. McCredie, oil painting with hat band, 17 x 13”
"Houston, Temporary White House, "photograph, 22 x 10”
Houston Volunteers, panoramic photograph, 31 ½ x 9 ¼”.
Donor: Estate of Robert G. Vaughn, Jr.
Oil painting by J.G. McCredie, 23 ¾ x 20”
Postal covers, 25 ¾ x 20”.
Donor: Bill Thomas
Rock from Hellfire Pass, 13 3/8 x 16”
Ship's plan, printed drawing, 38 ¼ x 34 ½”
USS Houston by Gr. Perales, oil painting, 47 x 26”
USS Houston, oil painting, 30 ½ x 22 ½”>
USS Houston in Action, Battle of Sunda Strait by John Hamilton, print of painting, 27 ½ x 15”.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
USS Houston in Ship Channel, contemporary print of photograph, signed by survivors, 27 ¾ x 23 ¾”
USS Houston in Ship Channel, contemporary print of photograph, 27 ¾ x 23 ¾”
USS Houston in Ship Channel, photograph, 24 ½ x 20 ½”
USS Houston photograph with hat band, 22 ½ x 18 ½”.
Donor: Bill Thomas
USS Houston (SSN-713), color photograph, 26 ¾ x 21 ¾”.
Donor: George H. Mensch
USS Houston (SSN-713) launch, photograph, March 21, 1981.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
USS Rentz Plank Owner Certificate, 21 x 17”.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association



 

PLAQUES

Box
67 HMAS Perth shield, 1985.
Donor: USS Houston Survivors Association
Naval Command of Western Australia shield, undated.
Donor: Otto Schwarz
Box
66 Plaque presented by the Navy League of the United States, Houston Council, August 10, 1985
Presentation of painting by HMAS Perth Survivors, June 9, 1976
Presentation [of photograph?] by USS Houston (SSN-713), September 25, 1982
Box
67 USS Houston (CA-30) memorial plaque by Joseph W. Wolf, July 10, 1988
OVS
OVS USS Houston (CA-30) memorial plaque with map of Dutch East Indies by Joseph W. Wolf, July 10, 1988
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65 USS Houston (CL-81) plaque with champagne bottle from launch, 1943.
Donor: Bill Thomas
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66 USS Rentz (FFG-46) shield, June 30, 1984