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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
CCS Ray Deatrich USN
GM 1c Whitman Miller USN
LCdr John Bermingham USN
Sea 1c Paul Rossiter USN
F 1c Raymond Pearson USN
Y 3c Herman Goldman USN
CWT John Dauga USN
F 1c Charles Minneci USN
F 1c John Andrews USN
TM 3c Milton Rude USN
CMM Clifton Patch USN
TM 1c Augustus Gray USN
Sea 1c Arthur Davis USN
Sea 1c Willis Mccord USN
F 1c Delman Baker USN
Sea 1c Curtis Rodgers USN
GM 2c Lester Peterson USN
M 1c Ralph Gunn USN
QM 3c Edwin Kalisz USN
WT 1c Forest Mathews USN


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