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Consider the timeframe
"All of the battleships" had been sunk at Pearl, so cruisers were all we had at that point in the war. So the loss of Houston's experienced crew was something the USN couldn't afford.
IMESHO of course.
From what I understand the Houston and the Marblehead were both damaged at the same time. The Marblehead was nearly lost and the Houston`s rear turrent was hit by a bomb and destroyed.
My question is why was the Houston not pulled out with the Marblehead to be repaired? It seems ships that were less damaged later in the war were pulled out to be repaired. I would think that loss of a battery was pretty significant.
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