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Allied prisoners-of-war helped to build the Burma-Thai Railway amid primitive living conditions like these.

Prisoners of war in a POW camp near Ohasi, Japan. The prisoners include a dozen men from the U.S.S. Houston, several Americans from the 131st Field Artillery, and Australians from the Australian Imperial Forces and the HMAS Perth.

In handwritten notes, Communications Officer H.A. Levitt describes his experiences swimming to shore after the sinking of the Houston off the Java coast.

This headline appeared in the Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express on March 14, 1942. The article reported that the U.S.S. Houston had not been heard from since heading for the Sunda Strait the night of February 28th.

The Australian cruiser H.M.A.S. Perth went down just before the Houston on the night of February 28, 1942. The two Allied ships were attempting to make it to safety when they were surprised by a Japanese fleet in Sunda Strait.

Sailors relax at the Marine Barracks of Cavite Naval Yard, in the Philippines. The Houston was undergoing repairs at Cavite when she got the call to prepare for war following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

This photo was taken through the sight of an Allied gun, just days before the Battle of Sunda Strait. It is the last known photo taken of the U.S.S. Houston before its sinking on March 1, 1942.

Webb's novel was set in Houston.

Signed by the author.

Marilyn Stablein has published books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and creates her own artists' books. This limited edition of prose poems was printed on handmade Nepalese lokta paper in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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