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The USS Peary Memorial, Darwin
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USS Peary was a Clemson class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was commissioned in 1920 and sunk by Japanese aircraft at Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, on 19 February 1942.Service historyPeary was laid down by William Cramp and Sons of Philadelphia on 9 September 1919; launched on 6 April 1920; sponsored by Mrs. Edward Stafford daughter of Admiral Peary; commissioned on 22 October 1920.Peary served in the Far East from 1922 onward. With the Yangtze River Patrol from 1923 to 1931, she made annual deployments in Chinese waters protecting American interests from 1931 to the outbreak of World War II.World War IIPeary was moored at Cavite, Philippines, when news of the Pearl Harbor raid reached her and was caught in the raid on the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines, two days later. On the early afternoon of 10 December more than 50 two-engined high level bombers appeared over Cavite and, cruising leisurely above the range of anti-aircraft fire, destroyed practically the entire base.Peary, tied up at a small pier, took one bomb forward which damaged the superstructure and stack and killed 8 of her crew. She found herself in a precarious position, as fires began to set off torpedo warheads in a torpedo overhaul shop on the wharf next to her. Fortunately, towed her out. Whippoorwill and came alongside and their fire hoses extinguished the fire in five minutes. Her commanding officer, Commander H. H. Keith was wounded in this engagement and was relieved by Commander J. M. Bermingham.
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  • We stood at the memorial for the USS Peary and felt moved by the moment. To see the final resting place for so many brave souls was moving. RIP 
  • Located on the Esplanade in front of the Hilton Hotel with a beautiful view of the Gulf of Darwin ... Worth a visit
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  • Glad we attended. Very hot but worth the experience. Feb 2016 Commemoration of Darwin bombing. Then walked to the service along the Harbour to the "Darwin bombing" - huge attendance, Govt gave out bot...  more »