Allied Warships

USS Peary (DD 226)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

USS Peary before the war

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 226 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down9 Sep 1919 
Launched6 Apr 1920 
Commissioned22 Oct 1920 
Lost19 Feb 1942 
Loss position12° 30'S, 130° 50'E

USS Peary (Lt.Cdr. John Michael Bermingham, USN) was sunk by Japanese carrier aircraft off Darwin, Australia in position 12º30'S, 130º50'E, 93 of her crew were lost and 49 were rescued by swimming or boat though 12 were rescued by the Southern Maid. The commanding officer was amongst those killed.


Commands listed for USS Peary (DD 226)

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1Lt.Cdr. William George Lalor, USN8 May 193928 Dec 1939
2Lawrence Elliot Duvall, USN28 Dec 193928 Dec 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Harry H. Keith, USN28 Dec 194010 Dec 1941
4Lt.Cdr. John Michael Bermingham, USN10 Dec 194119 Feb 1942 (+)

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Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
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U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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