Serving on board the USS Houston (CA-30) -- torpedoed and sunk in WWII, Pacific Theater (look it up) - Chaplain George S. Rentz, who had surrendered his life jacket to a younger sailor after finding himself in the water, was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. He was the only Navy Chaplain to be so honored during World War II.
Navy Divers Survey USS Houston Wreck in Sunda Strait
Photo #: 80-G-373678 USS Houston (CL-81)
Photograph of ship's party for the crew of heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) 23 November 1940. Philippines. [1904 1330]
Killed in Action, Awarded the Medal of Honor, Submariner, Captain Albert Harold Rooks (USNA 1914). He was Commanding Officer of the heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) during the first three months of the Pacific War. He fought his ship hard until they were the last ship standing. On March 1, 1942 in the Naval Battle of the Java Sea, She was sunk in surface action. Of the original crew of 1,061, only 368 survived-including 24 of the 74 USMC detachments only to become prisoners of war.
Sixteen Liberated POWs arrive in Washington -- Fifteen survivors of the ill-fated cruiser USS Houston (CA and one sailor captured when Corregidor fell, are shown upon their arrival in Washington, Sept.