Cavite, November 1941

. . . the tension that gripped the naval base at Cavite was palpable. A war warning was circulating. Aware of the Asiatic Fleet’s vulnerability in Manila, Admiral Hart scattered the vessels. The Houston was stripped down for action. The admiral’s flag quarters were cleared of all unnecessary accoutrements. The nicer furniture was stored ashore in Manila, including the silver service and the baby grand piano . . . A shore patrol went to round up stragglers still on liberty.

Ship of Ghosts, p. 31

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