The Navy launched the new U.S.S. Houston at Newport News, Virginia on June 19, 1943. The original cruiser with the same name was sunk in March 1942 with the loss of 693 lives and the internment of the 368 survivors in Japanese POW camps.
The second Houston took several torpedo hits off Formosa in the fall of 1944 but somehow managed to stay afloat. Manned by a skeleton crew, it limped home reaching safe harbor at New York five months later.