Sunday, November 19, 2006

Funeral of Otto Schwarz

The Arlington Funeral of Otto Schwarz, age 82. Survivor of the sinking of USS Houston CA-30 (and her ally, HMAS Perth) on March 1 1942 in one of the fateful sea battles that ended the life of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet. Schwarz founded the USS Houston Survivor's Association and helped many of his shipmates re-connect after the war and to keep the memory of lost crew alive. The surviving crew of the Houston and the HMAS Perth were captured by the Japanese. Many of them became part of the slave force used to build the Burma Railway (Bridge on The River Kwai). His story and the Houston's story is told at www.usshouston.org. Only a few of the crew remain. Four sailors and a marine survivor attended the funeral. Photos follow the (hand held) video at the end, after about a minute. The photo section includes the song "Good to Be Home". This and "Standing on The Houston" are included by permission .. copyright 1997 by Dave Peters and Terry Keith.

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