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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
Sea 1c Curtis Rodgers USN
F 3c Benjamin Rich USN
WT 2c Alexander Reese USN
MM 2c George Radzinski USN
MM 2c Victor Radzinski USN
MM 2c Jack Quiggen USN
F 3c Willis Polhemus USN
Sea 2c Eugene Poland USN
MM 2c Ralph Piercy USN
GM 2c Lester Peterson USN
F 1c Raymond Pearson USN
CMM Clifton Patch USN
CPhM Arthur Parker USN
F 2c James Palermo USN
F 2c Donald Otyson USN
FC 1c Jack Odonnell USN
F 1c Charles Minneci USN
GM 1c Whitman Miller USN
SC 3c Jackson Mcginnis USN
QM 3c William Mcfarland USN


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