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  • Jan. 1, 1927: First meeting of Original Cruiser Houston Committee, Houston, Texas.

  • Sept. 1, 1927: Naming of the U.S.S. Houston by Secretary of the Navy, Curtis D. Wilbur

  • May 1, 1928: Laying of keel of U.S.S. Houston, Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia.

  • Sept. 1, 1929:  Launching of U.S.S. Houston (CA-30). Viriginia Governor Harry F. Byrd serves as Master of Ceremonies. Elisabeth Holcombe, daughter of Houston's mayor, serves as sponsor, with Mary Ellen Bute, also of Houston, as maid of honor.

  • Sept. 9, 1929:  Selection of Silver Service.

  • June 17, 1930: U.S.S. Houston officially placed in commission.

  • Oct. 25, 1930: U.S.S. Houston makes first visit to City of Houston.

  • Feb. 15, 1932: U.S.S. Houston in midst of severe shelling of Shanghai, China.

  • July 1, 1934: President Franklin Roosevelt takes his first cruise on the U.S.S. Houston.

  • Sept. 11, 1934: Second visit of the U.S.S. Houston to the City of Houston.

  • Oct. 2, 1935:  Second cruise by President Roosevelt aboard the U.S.S. Houston.

  • July 16, 1938: Third cruise by President Roosevelt aboard the U.S.S. Houston.

  • Feb. 18, 1949: Fourth cruise by Preident Roosevelt aboard the U.S.S. Houston.

  • Apr. 7, 1939: Third and final visit of the U.S.S. Houston to the City of Houston.

  • May 31, 1940: U.S.S. Houston is made flagship of the Asiatic Fleet.

  • Dec. 8, 1941: U.S.S. Houston, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, is ordered to sail from the Phillipine Islands and join ABDA (American-British-Dutch-Australian Naval Forces) to raid and destroy Japanese Naval units in the China Sea and Southwest Pacific area.

  • Feb. 28- Mar. 1, 1942: Sinking of the U.S.S. Houston, Battle of Sunda Strait. Of the over 1,000 men on the ship, only 368 survive the battle and the sinking of the U.S.S. Houston. These men are placed in prisoner of war camps throughout Southeast Asia.

  • May 30, 1942: One thousand Houston volunteers are sworn into the Navy by Rear Admiral William Glassford, to replace the thousand men lost on the U.S.S. Houston.

  • Dec. 21, 1942: The Harris County War Bond Drive raises over $85 million to replace the U.S.S. Houston as well as an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. San Jacinto.

  • June 19, 1943: The U.S.S. Houston (CL-81) is launched at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia.

  • Aug. 1945: Surviving crew members from the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) are liberated from P.O.W. camps in Southeast Asia.

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