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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 2c James Palermo USN
Sea 1c Reginald Grosvenor USN
SK 2c William Hooks USN
EM 2c Richard Lee USN
MM 2c Charles Boudreaux USN
MM 1c Willis Shook USN
CPhM Arthur Parker USN
SF 3c Harold Gronau USN
SM 2c Charles Holverstott USN
Sea 1c William Mailer USN
Cox Theodore Brandt USN
F 2c Max Schuler USN
GM 1c Walter Vernon USN
SM 2c Wendell Hanson USN
Sea 1c Robert Howell USN
EM 1c James Weiss USN
M 1c Claude Buckley USN
MM 2c Norman Schuler USN
WT 1c Eugene Umpleby USN
QM 1c Franklin Harris USN


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