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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
MM 1c Joseph Kappes USN
CM 1c Russell Keener USN
GM 1c Gilbert Kennaugh USN
B 1c Gerhardt Kjolhede USN
Lt Martin Koivisto USN
SK 3c Bob Kriener USN
WT 2c William Labrie USN
EM 2c Richard Lee USN
Sea 1c William Mailer USN
WT 1c Forest Mathews USN
SC 3c John Matthews USN
Sea 1c Willis Mccord USN
QM 3c William Mcfarland USN
SC 3c Jackson Mcginnis USN
GM 1c Whitman Miller USN
F 1c Charles Minneci USN
FC 1c Jack Odonnell USN
F 2c Donald Otyson USN
F 2c James Palermo USN
CPhM Arthur Parker USN


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