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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
CM 2c Willie Denmark USN
MM 1c James Fair USN
MM 2c Chester Frayer USN
FC 3c Harold Frisbie USN
Y 3c Herman Goldman USN
TM 1c Augustus Gray USN
Sea 2c Ralph Griffin USN
SF 3c Harold Gronau USN
Sea 1c Reginald Grosvenor USN
M 1c Ralph Gunn USN
Lt Arthur Gustafson USN
MM 2c Robert Gusti USN
SM 2c Wendell Hanson USN
QM 1c Franklin Harris USN
SM 2c Charles Holverstott USN
SK 2c William Hooks USN
Sea 1c Robert Howell USN
Sea 1c Robert Hunter USN
Ens Philip Joyce USN
QM 3c Edwin Kalisz USN


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