USS HOUSTON CA 30
“The galloping Ghost of the Java Coast”
Frank Albert Dethloff
He was born December 27, 1912 in Moss Point, Mississippi. He was the son of Captain Frank Albert Dethloff and Lou Agnes Fry Dethloff. Frank loved family gatherings, picnics, and
boxing. He was a Golden Glove
Boxer. He was on his way to being a
“Fleet Champion” but the war intervened with the fight. Frank dated a girl from Lucedale, MS
but he never married. He finished boot
camp in Norfolk, VA and was assigned to the USS Houston. On his last trip home, he made the comment
that he would not be back. Somehow he
knew that he would meet his fate.
Frank’s nickname was Swampy. His
rank was Water tender 2C. No one knows
what happened to him the night the USS Houston was sunk but he never made it
off the ship.
Submitted by Julie Roy (Her Uncle Frank)