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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, February 19, 1942
Air Raid at Darwin Australia
While operating out of Darwin principally on anti-submarine patrol, Peary was attacked by Japanese dive bombers and suffered 80 men killed and 13 wounded. ... The first bomb exploded on the fantail, the second, an incendiary on the galley deck house; the third did not explode; the fourth hit forward and set off the forward ammunition magazines; the fifth, another incendiary, exploded in the after engine room. A .30 caliber machine gun on the after deck house and a .50 caliber machine gun on the galley deck house fired until the last enemy plane departed. ... Peary sank stern first as a result of the damage.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 92

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c John Andrews USN
B 2c Robert Armstrong USN
F 1c Delman Baker USN
F 1c William Bancroft USN
CMM Murren Barbee USN
F 1c George Barnett USN
F 1c Lee Bauer USN
LCdr John Bermingham USN
MM 2c Charles Boudreaux USN
Cox Theodore Brandt USN
M 1c Claude Buckley USN
MM 2c Cyrus Carter USN
GM 3c Robert Chapman USN
FC 3c Archie Cook USN
SM 3c John Cross USN
CGM Lawrence Cross USN
CWT John Dauga USN
Sea 1c Arthur Davis USN
WT 2c Shirley Day USN
CCS Ray Deatrich USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)