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WWII Grouping POW and NAVAL AVIATOR - USS HOUSTON

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I just recently acquired this group to Capt. Payne, who as a Lt. was the Senior Naval Aviator on the USS Houston when she was sunk during the Battle of Java Sea in Feb-March 1942. She defined " Gallant Ship" and went down with her guns still blazing. President Roosevelt awarded her a Presidential Unit Citation.

 

I still have a lot of research to do with this group. He was a US Naval Academy Graduate in 1931. I still need a copy of his Air Medal and Navy Commendation Medal citations and I do not know when he earned the Purple Heart. All three were most certainly awarded to him for his service on the USS Houston. He flew an SOC Seagull floatplane during his time on the Houston.

 

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Photo taken at Zentsuji POW camp of Capt. Payne

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Capt Payne when he retired in 1961.

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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MVC_047L.JPG

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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His medals do not have brooches because they were originally mounted on a bar. All are US Navy contract medals.

 

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1930's Naval Aviator wing in bullion

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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His Naval Aviator Flight Logbooks that span 1931-1940 . The log he would have been using in 1942 went down with the USS Houston .

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Examples of POW mail sent home by Capt Payne from Zentsuji POW camp in Japan. The Japanese sent most of the officers from the USS Houston to Japan, while the rest of the men spent 3 spent years of hell working on the Thai Burma Railway .

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Birthday card made and presented to Capt. Payne by other Americans in Zentsuji in 1945 .

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Birthday card from the British POWs. Many of these men stayed in touch and sent him letters after the war.

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Telegram announcing his repatriation by US forces . It was a day none of these men would forget .

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Letter from the president . The signature is an " auto pen" and not a real signature.

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Presidential Unit Citation for the USS Houston.

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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1950's vintage G-1 flight jacket worn by Capt. Payne.

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Lastly..... over all these years I had resisted the tempation to own one of these sets, but this came with the group and I do like this one.

 

The address tag is why I like it. He used this dress set from the time he left the USNA until his posting to the USS Houston. On the tag multiple addresses can be seen. During all this time he never updated the rank! It is still Ensign.

 

 

He must have transferred this piece of gear to shore on his last cruise as I am sure he felt he wasnt going to need it.

 

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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There is more paper, ETC with this group, but I have posted the most important pieces. As I get research completed I will add to the thread.

 

This thread is dedicated to the Crew of the USS Houston for their heroic service and the suffering they endured as POWs of the Japanese.

 

 

Kurt


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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Very nice! What is the ribbon on the far right in the fourth row down?

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Very nice! What is the ribbon on the far right in the fourth row down?

 

 

Good question! It is a Dutch award. Since the Netherlands were in control of the military forces in and around Java in WWII, they presented decorations to US members of the Asiatic Fleet who exhibited heroism during the battle.

 

This ribbon is the Order of Orange-Nassau

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Orange-Nassau

 

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Do you possibly know what type of Seagull squadron he was with, was it a "VO" "VCS" ??????????????

Johnny

 

 

I believe the squadron was VCS-4 , but I need to verify it.

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Wow great group. A vet friend of mine's wife's brother was a Marine Gunner KIA on the Houston.


Looking for any WWII 104th "Timberwolf" Division items.

Including items from the 413th, 414th, and 415th Infantry Regiments 104th Recon Troop, 329th Engineer Battalion, 329th Medical Battalion

385th, 386th, 387th, and 929th Field Artillery Battalions 804th Ordnance Company 104th Quartermaster Company 104th Signal Company

555th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 750th Tank Battalion 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Wow! That is a fantastic group. The Houston veterans' story is a tragic one.


I do not profess to be a militaria expert, but I conduct as much research as I am capable of and then write about my findings.
Check out my blogs, The Veteran's Collection (general militaria) and Chevrons and Diamonds (military baseball)

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Great book on the USS Houston "Ship of Ghosts" by James D. Hornfischer. Tom Payne is mentioned a number of times. Covers the POW ordeal very well along with the wartime action and loss of the Houston.

 

Some real history you have there. Payne was the senior aviator on the Houston.


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:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

 

Fantastic grouping Kurt !! It covers both of your main collecting interests...Naval Aviation AND POW !!

 

Very Nice !!

 

Vic


"We Polish soldiers, for your freedom and ours, gave our souls to God, our bodies to the soil of Italy, and our hearts to Poland"

 

-- inscription at the Polish cemetary - Monte Cassino

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Amazing to see the depth of this group - in a word OUTSTANDING!



The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps. (General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, 5 May 1946)

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