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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
MM 2c Robert Gusti USN
Lt Arthur Gustafson USN
M 1c Ralph Gunn USN
Sea 1c Reginald Grosvenor USN
SF 3c Harold Gronau USN
Sea 2c Ralph Griffin USN
TM 1c Augustus Gray USN
Y 3c Herman Goldman USN
FC 3c Harold Frisbie USN
MM 2c Chester Frayer USN
MM 1c James Fair USN
CM 2c Willie Denmark USN
CCS Ray Deatrich USN
WT 2c Shirley Day USN
Sea 1c Arthur Davis USN
CWT John Dauga USN
SM 3c John Cross USN
CGM Lawrence Cross USN
FC 3c Archie Cook USN
GM 3c Robert Chapman USN


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