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Such a good time was had at this Reunion, that it was decided to meet every year, on the weekend nearest August 15th. The first Reunion was designed to Honor the 2nd Battalion, 131st F. A. survivors, who had been nicknamed TEXAS LOST BATTALION, by news media of Texas, since that Battalion had disappeared when the Island of Java had surrendered. no one knew where they were, apparently including the War Department and nothing was heard from them for about three years. Of course, the people who arranged for the first reunion, did not know of the USS Houston prisoners, but the oversight was put to right by Battalion personnel, who invited some of their buddies to the first Reunion and made them permanent members of the Lost Battalion Association at the next reunion and the Survivors of the USS Houston (CA-30) voted to become a part of the association.

So, each year since 1945, the survivors of the POW hell along with their families, meet in August to keep their Bond of Brotherhood inviolate and to remember and pay honor to the 163 who died in Prison Camps and the 504 who have died since liberation and the 646 who died in action, in a futile effort to save Java. As of July 1, 1998, there were 236 of the men of the Lost Battalion Association left alive.

It may be of interest that, (1) the 2nd Battalion, 131st F. A., 36th Infantry Division (TNG) is the Most Decorated Unit in Texas of any War and (2) the Heavy Cruiser USS Houston (CA-30), is the Most Decorated vessel of its class in the U. S. Fleet.