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Young friend Sean Ellerbee embraces Houston survivor Leonard "Dutch" Kooper at the 1999 U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association Reunion.

William A. Bernrieder (left) and Albert Rooks stand beside a bell from the U.S.S. Houston that was removed from the ship before the war due to a crack. Bernreider was a member of the original Cruiser Houston Committee, and Albert Rooks was the son of…

Members of the U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association view a model of the Cruiser Houston on display in the George R. Brown room at a reunion in 1985.

The heart and soul behind the U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association, Otto Schwarz told the story of the U.S.S. Houston and kept the survivors and their families in touch for over 60 years.

The U.S.S. Houston Foundation of the Texas Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States dedicated this monument to the U.S.S. Houston and her crew in 1995. The monument is located in Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston.

This group photograph taken at the 1999 U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association/Next Generation Reunion includes survivors of the Houston, and kneeling in front, Val Roberts-Poss and Lin Drees of the Next Generation.

The belongings of this prisoner of war were photographed upon the release of POWs from Rat Buri, Thailand, in 1945.

In August 1945, POWs learned that the war was over and they were soon to be released after 3 1/2 years as prisoners of war.

This spike was recovered from the site of the Burma-Thai Railway many years after the war. Nearly 13,000 Allied POWs died building the "Death Railway."

A Japanese infantry sergeant gave this spoon to POW George Detre when he was captured. For many months Detre was the only person who had a utensil, and he used the spoon for 2 1/2 years.
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