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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
F 1c William Bancroft USN
WT 2c Alexander Reese USN
MM 2c Ralph Piercy USN
Lt Arthur Gustafson USN
Ens Philip Joyce USN
SC 3c John Matthews USN
CMM Murren Barbee USN
F 3c Benjamin Rich USN
FC 1c Jack Odonnell USN
MM 2c Robert Gusti USN
MM 1c Joseph Kappes USN
SC 3c Jackson Mcginnis USN
F 1c George Barnett USN
Sea 2c William Smith USN
F 2c Donald Otyson USN
Sea 2c Ralph Griffin USN
Sea 1c Robert Hunter USN
QM 3c William Mcfarland USN
F 1c Lee Bauer USN
SM 3c Walter Shofner USN


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