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The Last Battle Station: The Story of the Uss Houston Hardcover – Mar 1985

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A Story That Had To Be Told 6 Feb 2011
By John E. Nevola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the heart-wrenching story of the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Houston, the flagship of the Asiatic Fleet. The story of the ship is a microcosm of pre-Pearl Harbor America. A victim of various naval treaties, the Houston was seriously under-armored. Also suffering from budget cutting, she was underpowered and carried no radar as well as faulty ammunition. Her only attribute was her veteran crew who was willing and able to fight tenaciously despite the odds.

At the outbreak of the War, the Houston was the largest American ship operating in the deep South Pacific and the leader of a multinational task force of Australian and Dutch ships. They were fighting a determined but losing campaign for almost 3 months when suddenly on February 28, 1942, the U.S.S. Houston was lost off the Dutch East Indies.

Her disappearance remained a mystery until after the war when 292 (of a crew of over 1,000) of her survivors were repatriated after Japan surrendered. They were able to tell the story of the valor of the crew and the audacity of her commander leading a ship who refused to die but eventually succumbed in her last battle.

This book is an oldie but a goodie for anyone interested in the early Pacific campaigns and the state of the Navy just prior to World War II.

John E. Nevola
Author of The Last Jump - A Novel of World War II
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
She took my uncle to a watery grave 20 Dec 2012
By Leslie A Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I chose the book in my work of researching the last weeks and days of the USS Houston in WWII. When she went down, she took a lot of valiant sailors and some brave Marines down with her, including my Uncle Bill, a Radioman second class.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Last Battle Station 1 Sep 2008
By Margaret W. Sharer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A true historical rendition of one of the first sea battles of World War II. Of the few survivors, one is now a 97-yr-old Vice Admiral, one of only 12 WWII naval officers remaining. The story of the fate of the USS Houston couldn't be better told.
Excellent piece of history 21 July 2014
By Clementine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As someone who loves history, and WWII history in particular, there is nothing as interesting for me as an account written by someone who lived through an historic event, and in the case of WWII, someone who served. I became fascinated with the story of the Houston after reading about her, and realizing that a young man from my hometown was on the ship when she went down. He survived the sinking but died at 100 kilo camp from a tropical ulcer after more than a year of captivity. That young man was a football star in my hometown, so I'd heard about his football exploits all my life. And yet I never knew about his service, and his extreme sacrifice, which truly made him a hero.

So for me, it has a personal appeal, of course. But Schultz's personal telling of the story of the USS Houston is an invaluable piece of history, and important to us all, and is excellent as such.
The Story of the Uss Houston 1 Dec 2014
By Badger Bulman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you don't know much about naval battles in early WWII this reads as a suspense story because even though they have bad ammo, inadequate armor, no air cover, and bad intelligence the ship lasts for 3 months before it is sunk. You know that part from the book blurb. It is the professionalism and courage of the crew and captain that keeps the cruiser going against all odds. It served time as Franklin Roosevelt's "Air Force One". The Japanese wanted to sink it and reported that they had done so many times. In their efforts to sink it they sank some of their own ships. Even after the ship sank the story of the courage of the crew kept on going.
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