Sunday, December 14, 2008

Latest Photo Collections

Shawn Flynn's USS Albums
The USS Houston FLICKR albums
.. you can comment on these photos (add names and places from what you know of the photos and the events. Select "Slide Show" for a very nice sequence of photos on your computer screen. See one you want to share? Just select in and then select Email. This avoids having to send lots of photos by email when only a link will do and the recipient can just download the photo when they wish. .many of these are the same photos on Flickr and on the Flynn site.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"Son, We are Going to Hell" - epic story

More about this topic from the film at
Ship of Ghosts The Story of the USS Houston  FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser  and the Epic Saga of her Survivors

“Son, we’re going to Hell.”

The navigator of the USS Houston confided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course into U.S. naval legend. Renowned as FDR’s favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. It wasn’t a fair fight, but the men of the Houston would wage it to the death.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

December 1941 not a Conspiracy

clipped from

As the anniversary of the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor rolls around, critics of President Franklin Roosevelt will again claim he had advanced knowledge of the strike and allowed it to happen. That would be treasonable on FDR’s part, of course. A rational examination of events, though, shows that FDR had no such knowledge of the attack and that, preoccupied with the Nazi threat to Great Britain, he had absolutely no intent to provoke war with Japan.

Why Those Pearl Harbor 'Conspiracy' Theories Ain’t So
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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Sketch given to fellow POW-British

I am looking for an ensign of the US Navy who served aboard the USS Houston, survived the battle where she was sunk, and was a POW in Formosa (now Taiwan). He was in the camp Shirakawa and was alive on 5/30/1944. He drew a picture in my father's autograph/scrapbook of what I assume is the USS Houston's coat of arms, surrounded by her battle honours. His signature is pretty much illegible, but perhaps if we could find an ensign who was in Shirakawa at that time we could identify him. My father died in November, aged 99. He was a British Army (Royal Artillery) officer during the war. My father (Captain W K Forbes) must have known this man quite well to have him draw a picture in the booklet, which is only 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size. I now live in Texas and would like to find out what happened to this man. Perhaps he was moved from the camp before the war's end.
I would be grateful if you could explain to me how an ensign would be described on the Crew Roster which is a part of the USS Houston website.
With Regards, David Forbes - Texas.

Don Kehn deciphered the name. This is Ens. Herb Levitt - noted in the crew roster to have died in an Automobile Accident - home of record - NYC. The year of his death is unknown. MORE PHOTOS HERE.