Robert Houston Norris served on the U.S.S. Marblehead (CL12) in September 1942 and was transferred to the U.S.S. Intrepid (CV-11) on 16 August 1943. He went missing on duty at gun station in number 15 Gun Tub starboard side at 0011, 17 February 1944, when an explosion occurred from an enemy torpedo at about Frame 194. The explosion sheared the bolts securing the gun tub to the hull allowing the tub and its occupants to drop into the sea at Lat. 07-23-00 North, Long. 153-32-00 East.
Robert H. Houston was officially declared dead on 18 February 1945 and is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.