This is a wonderful series of anecdotes, and only a couple of things jumped out at me that require correcting:
1) Lamade & R. L. Tubbs were not catapulted off to spot fall of shot at Java Sea...unfortunately. They just might have been helpful, although they also probably would have been attacked & perhaps shot down. But, in any case they weren't participants in that battle, but left behind at Soerabaja.
2) HOUSTON's planes--of which I have numerous photos--were most certainly not sporting yellow wings during the war. Once CA-30 got to the Asiatic Fleet again in the fall of 1940, her V division guys had more flexibility in painting the SOCs...and they took advantage of that.
3) There are, I believe, the remains of at least two SOCs in the wreck, I've been told, although I cannot provide more specifics at this time. But, I do know Jerry Ranger told me they'd found more than one airplane engine at the site.
Am including one photo of CA-30's SOC after she resumed duties as AF flagship.