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U.S.S. Peary Plaque / April 2013
U.S.S. Peary Plaque / April 2013
Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Plaque commemorates the U.S.S. Peary and is dedicated her crew who gave their lives during World War Two.

The first enemy attack on Australian soil in the history of the Commonwealth of Australia occurred at 9.58am on Thursday 19 February 1942. The small Northern Territory town of Darwin suffered an air-raid attack by 188 Japanese aircraft. At the time of the attack the civilian population numbered less than 2000. The main target for the first attack was Darwin`s harbour. There were upwards of 45 ships in the port, including the US destroyer Peary. Within minutes Peary had been sunk with a loss of 80 lives.

Location

Address:Esplanade, Darwin Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, Darwin, 0800
State:NT
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.466696
Long: 130.840137
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:19-February -1942
Actual Event End Date:19-February-1942

Dedication

Front Inscription

                 U.S.S. PEARY DD 226

                 COMMISSIONED OCT. 22,1920
           AT WILLIAM CRAMP AND SON SHIPYARD
           PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA U.S.A.
               SUNK BY JAPANESE AIRCRAFT
              DARWIN, AUSTRALIA FEB. 19. 1942

                 DEDICATED TO THOSE
    SHIPMATES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
                          DONATED BY
                DALLIS E. WIDICK U.S.N.
            JOHN H. PATTERSON U.S.N.R.

 

Source: SKP, MA
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