A permanent exhibition in the M.D. Anderson Library tells the story of the USS Houston (CA-30), a heavy cruiser launched in 1929, and her crew. Named for the city of Houston, the ship was both a peactime favorite of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and flagship of the Asiatic Fleet during World War II. Following the sinking of the ship by the Japanese during the Battle of Sunda Strait in 1942, the surviving crew members became POWs, and most worked as slave labor to build the Burma-Thai Railway.
Located on the second floor of the library, the exhibition features original letters and artifacts from the ship and the POW camps, an American flag made by prisoners-of-war in Saigon, and vintage photographs of USS Houston crew members. Paintings of the ship are also on display, as well as a newly restored model, ship's bell, and two uniforms. Materials for the exhibition were drawn from the Libraries' Cruiser Houston Collection, which contains over seventy boxes of archival material related to the history of the ship and her crew.
For more information on the exhibition or the Cruiser Houston Collection, please contact Christian Kelleher, Head of Special Collections, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 713-743-0346.
Additional information on the Cruiser Houston Collection can be found in the Cruiser Houston Online Exhibit.