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Exchange of Information Sheet for Relatives, Revised to January 15, 1945
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Hodge, Fred G.. Exchange of Information Sheet for Relatives, Revised to January 15, 1945 - Page 1. January 15, 1945. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/fulton/item/50/show/39.

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Hodge, Fred G.. (January 15, 1945). Exchange of Information Sheet for Relatives, Revised to January 15, 1945 - Page 1. Lt. Robert B. Fulton USS Houston Letters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/fulton/item/50/show/39

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Title Exchange of Information Sheet for Relatives, Revised to January 15, 1945
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Hodge, Fred G.
Date January 15, 1945
Description An exchange of information sheet asking for confirmation of the whereabouts of men that were on the USS Houston, as well as next of kin information. It is an unofficial list of honored dead, prisoners of war, reported alive, and missing men that were on the USS Houston.
Donor Robert B. Fulton
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese
  • Prisoners of War--United States
  • Prisoners of War--Japan
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Fulton, Robert B.
  • Hodge, Fred G.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Portland, Oregon
Genre (AAT)
  • documents
Language English
Physical Description 11 page typed document
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Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 7, Folder 4, Item 33
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=23
Digital Collection Lt. Robert B. Fulton USS Houston Letters
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Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=23
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION SHEET FOR FglI^TIVSS OF PERSONNEL ON U.S.S. HOUSTON LOST IN SUNDRA STRAITS, FEBRUARY 28, 1942 1. Revised to January 15, 1945 by F. G. Hodge, 602 Electric Building, Portland 5. Oregon Thanks to all you good people, this, the third Exchange of Information Sheet, has grown from a small listing of about 200 names (many with next of kin unknown) on the first Exchange Sheet (January 15, 1944) to its present size. The second Exchange Sheet (May 10, 1944) doubled the number of men listed and greatly improved the listing of next of kin addresses. For the benefit of those who receive the Exchange Sheet for the first time, I repeat my motives: First—(the selfish motive)—I want to compile as large a list of home addresses of Houston men as possible so if my brother, Lt. Ernest D, Hodge, does not return, I will have some place to turn to question known survivors. Second—(the human motive)--I truly desire to be helpful to the hundreds of mothers and wives and other relatives of the men who shared my brother1s fate; that I have done so is testified to by hundreds of letters expressing appreciation of my efforts to show, (l), that all men were not lost with the Houston; (2), that news of additional survivors is still trickling through; and (3), that no Houston man should be given up for lost until the Navy Department officially notifies the next of kin. The list of names given here is NOT a complete list of all the men who were on the Houston in February, 1942. It is NOT an official list, although extreme care has been taken to verify those names here listed under "OUR HONORED DEAD" and "PRISONERS OF WAR". Many people have written that they knew certain Houston men were Prisoners of War, but unless I could confirm the fact from next of kin or from some publication identifying the information as official, I have carried the man under the classification "REPORTED ALIVE*. From various sources, I have pieced together information which leads me to believe (personal opinion—nothing official) the following: The Houston settled slowly, probably from underwater explosives—Every man on board had a life belt—Several hundred Houston men made shore safely—'Hie groups of survivors were so scattered no one group knew how many other Houston men were saved-4fost of those who made shore were eventually captured, although there is a chance some oxcaped to the hills and may still be in Java or Sumatra. The 161 Houston men I have confirmed as Prisoners of War are reported being hold in ten different camps: MOULMEIN, BURMA — About 90 Houston men have been reported from this camp; P.O.W. form cards received mostly in December 1943; no word recently; some evidence men being transferred to other camps. NIKE, THAILAND — First and only word from this camp came through last summer (1944); a few men here previously reported from Moulmein, Burma; last count, I listed 30 Houston men in Thailand. HAKODATE (northern Japan) — Form cards received in United States in September and December 1943; not much information. ZENTSUJI, JAPAN — Unquestionably the best P.O.W. camp; only officers here, I believe; 9 Houston officers reported; regular letters allowed at rare intervals; not much mail came through in 1944 though. JAVA — This was (or is) a good camp; soma of the 8 Houston men held here were allowed to write regular letters and acknowledged receiving mail from home; prisoners may have been transferred; two mothers of Houston men have had the disheartening news that their sons were again "missing in action" after being officially declared Prisoners of War held in Java. It seems the Japs were transferring some prisoners from Java and the transport was sunk by our