Our friend Richard Long served on the Houston and survived her sinking in 1942.
U.S. troops disembarking on Utah Beach, 6 June 1944. The LCVP in the foreground was assigned to the U.S. Navy attack transport USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13), which had sailed from England on 5 June and arrived off Utah Beach early the next day. Joseph T. Dickman landed her troops without a mishap, and steamed to Portland with casualties in the afternoon of 6 June 1944.
HMS Fishguard (Y 59) 1928, was a Banff-class sloop.As part of the Lend-Lease Act she was transferred from the USN to the Royal Navy. In May 1944, the crew of the Fishguard boarded U-852 and captured her crew after she was damaged by British aircraft. At the end of the war, in March 1946, Fishguard was returned to the USCG
Title: USS HOUSTON (CA-30) Caption: View taken circa 1934, with turrets 1 and 111 trained to port. Note that ship is fitted with ramp on side of superstructure, visible below no. 2 Turret. This was fitted for the convenience of President Roosevelt when he travelled on board the ship. Description: Courtesy of John C. Reilly, Jr., 1976.
USS Houston (CL81) low in the water. Never has an American naval vessel shipped that much water and remained afloat. She was struck by an aerial torpedo on October 14, 1944, only 80 miles off Japanese held Formosa. She was struck again on the 16th in the stern, which nearly did the ship in. Through Herculean efforts by her crew, some luck, and calm waters, the Houston made it back to the safety. She never fought again and was being repaired when the war ended.
USAT Liberty was a U.S.Army transport ship torpedoed by Japanese submarine in January 1942 and beached on the island of Bali. Built during World War I and had served in the United States Navy during that conflict as animal transport USS Liberty. She was also notable as the first ship constructed at Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny, New Jersey. In 1963 a volcanic eruption moved the ship off the beach, and Liberty's wreck is now a popular dive site.
Final struggle of 8 in York class heavy cruiser HMS Exeter, under fire from Japanese heavy cruisers Nachi and Haguro at the second Battle of Java Sea on 1 March 1942. A veteran of the 1939 Battle of the River Plate (where she was badly damaged by pocket battleship Graf Spee), Exeter was sunk, as were her escorting destroyers HMS Electra and USS Pope.