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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
FC 3c Archie Cook USN
Sea 2c Eugene Poland USN
Sea 2c John Spata USN
MM 2c Chester Frayer USN
CM 1c Russell Keener USN
SM 3c John Cross USN
MM 2c George Radzinski USN
MM 2c Douglas Tew USN
CM 2c Willie Denmark USN
SK 3c Bob Kriener USN
CGM Lawrence Cross USN
MM 2c Victor Radzinski USN
OC 2c Joseph Tapia USN
WT 2c Shirley Day USN
WT 2c William Labrie USN
Sea 1c Louis Roth USN
MM 2c Jack Quiggen USN
EM 3c Paul Sweeney USN
CCS Ray Deatrich USN
GM 1c Whitman Miller USN


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