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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 ascending Service Branch
MM 2c Frank Zizak USN
MM 2c John Wilson USN
EM 1c James Weiss USN
MM 2c Everett Waite USN
GM 1c Walter Vernon USN
WT 1c Eugene Umpleby USN
MM 2c Douglas Tew USN
OC 2c Joseph Tapia USN
EM 3c Paul Sweeney USN
CMM Dale Stranathan USN
Sea 2c John Spata USN
Sea 2c William Smith USN
MM 1c Willis Shook USN
SM 3c Walter Shofner USN
CY Eugene Senyohl USN
F 2c Max Schuler USN
MM 2c Norman Schuler USN
TM 3c Milton Rude USN
Sea 1c Louis Roth USN
Sea 1c Paul Rossiter USN


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