Guardians of the Sunda Strait

Guardians of the Sunda Strait: the WWII Loss of HMAS Perth & USS Houston 

March 2, 2017-Friday, June 30, 2017
Julia Ideson Building
550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1662

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s exhibition honors the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait.


The Guardians of the Sunda Strait exhibit uses more than fifty artifacts, historical documents, and photographs to tell the story of the American and Australian sister ships which were sunk by a Japanese destroyer force early on March 1st, 1942.  Each ship lost its captain and more than half its crew.   

The survivors endured years of torture, malnutrition, and disease in Japanese POW camps and working on the “Burma death railway”  before being released in 1945 when the Japanese surrendered. 

Today, monuments in Sam Houston Park and in Perth, Western Australia pay tribute to the men who died and those who survived.  Ceremonies will be held in both cities honoring the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait.


Exhibit is free and open to the public.