Friday, January 04, 2008
Survivor Joe Garrett passed away unexpectedly from pneumonia and congestive heart failure on Dec. 18th after a short hospital stay. After the USS Houston sank, he became a POW for 3 1/2 years during which he participated in construction of the "Death Railway". Following the war, he remained on active duty in the Navy serving for 20 years. In the pictures below, he is shown soon after returning from prison camp (left) and at the time he received the Purple Heart and POW medals in 2003 (right). Joe attended the Houston reunions in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Most recently, he enjoyed reading the book Ship of Ghosts about the USS Houston by James Hornfischer - not once, but twice! For Joe's full biography, see this link: Joe's Biography. He will be missed by all as he now joins his shipmates standing watch over Sunda Strait.