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USS Houston was a Northampton-class cruiser laid down on May 1, 1928 and launched on September 7, the following year. It was commissioned on June 17, 1930 under Capt. Jesse Bishop Gay’s command as CA-30 and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it sank in the Battle of Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 785 people on board and had the main missions in San Francisco, Alaska, Panay Island, Annapolis, Pensacola, Makassar Strait, Java or Tjilatjap. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Houston received 2 battle stars.