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USS PEARY (DD-226)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQD

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on September 9 1919.
Launched April 6 1920 and Commissioned October 22 1920.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Aircraft while taking on fuel in Darwin Harbor February 19 1942.
80 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Peary 47kRobert Edwin Peary, born at Cresson, Penn., 6 May 1856, was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Navy 26 October 1881. In addition to his Arctic explorations, he was in charge of the Nicaragua Canal survey 18871888. He invented a type of tolling lock gates for the canal. His first Arctic expedition was in 1886 and on his eighth expedition he became the first man to reach the North Pole over the ice, arriving 6 April 1909, following a final dash covering 130 miles in five days. He was promoted to Rear Admiral and given the thanks of Congress by a special act of 30 March 1911. Rear Admiral Peary received honors from numerous scientific societies of Europe and America for his Arctic explorations and discoveries and wrote several books on his experience in the polar regions. He died in Washington, D.C., 20 February 1920. Photo ID: pers0028, NOAA People Collection.Bill Gonyo
Peary 60kUndated, location unknown.-
Peary 36kUndated, location unknown.-
Peary 73kUndated, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Peary 47kUndated, Stewart (DD 224) starboard side to tender with sister destroyers Pope (DD 225), Pillsbury (DD 227), Ford (DD 228), Truxton (DD 229), and Peary (DD 226) nested outboard. The tender is almost certainly the USS Whitney (AD-4).Joe Radigan
Peary 59kUndated, location unknown. Photo by Grafton Thornton.Kevin Thornton
Peary 81kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Peary 163kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Peary 96kUSS Black Hawk with the USS Pillsbury (DD-227), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Ford (DD-228), USS Paul Jones (DD-230), USS Peary (DD-226) and USS Parrott (DD-218) alongside in Chefoo, China.Gerd Matthes
Peary 58k30" Lewis machine gun salvaged from the destroyer USS Peary (DD-226). Collection of Curator Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # 61-65-A.Robert Hurst
Peary 94kA series of four views from Cramp Shipyard of the launch and christening party of USS Peary (DD226) on April 6, 1920. Admiral Robert E Peary's daughter Marie Peary Stafford christened the vessel. The Admiral's island home on Casco Bay, Maine, is now the museum "Peary's Eagle Island", a Maine Historic Site. These photos are presented courtesy of The Friends of Peary's Eagle Island. Friends of Peary's Eagle Island and John Chiquoine
Peary 95kAs above. USS Peary christening party with Marie Ahnighito Peary.Friends of Peary's Eagle Island and John Chiquoine
Peary 96kAs above.Friends of Peary's Eagle Island and John Chiquoine
Peary 66kAs above.Friends of Peary's Eagle Island and John Chiquoine
Peary 220kPhiladelphia newspaper clipping dated April 6 1920.Ron Reeves
Peary 101kAt anchor, circa 1921. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 50902.Robert Hurst
Peary 75kTaken June 1933 from the breakwater in Chifoo of the USS Black Hawk (AD-9) with the USS Bulmer (DD-222), USS Pillsbury (DD-227), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Ford (DD-228), USS Edsall (DD-219) and USS Peary (DD-226) alongside.John N. Egeland, Jr.
Peary 64kPeary on station during the rescue of the crew of the SS Silver Haze in San Bernadino Channel in November 1935. From the collection of LCDR Rayborn M. Hall USN who served aboard the USS Bulmer (DD-222) during this period.Nancy Hall Anderson
Peary 186kNH 94539. June 1936 in Chinese waters, ship's enlisted men. Collection of RADM P. P. Powell.Ed Zajkowski
Peary 58kPhoto #: NH 94540. Commander John L. Hall, USN (left), incoming Commander Destroyer Division 15, and Commander Paulus P. Powell, USN, outgoing Commander Destroyer Division 15 onboard the Division flagship, USS Peary (DD-226), in Chinese waters, at the time of the DesDiv15 change of command, June 1936. The small brass plaque between them identifies the location on the ship as "Frame No. 40". Photographed by the Bann Studio. Collection of Rear Admiral Paulus P. Powell, USN.John N. Egeland, Jr.
Peary 62kProbably Darwin harbor, New Years 1942.David Wright
Peary 97kDarwin Harbor February 19 1942, from "Pictorial History of Australia at War 39-45", 5 Volumes, 1959 printing.Adrian K
Peary 42kUSS Peary (DD-226) approaches the heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) at Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia on 15 February 1942. These ships, together with the sloops HMAS Swan (U74) and HMAS Warrego (U73) formed the naval escort of the convoy which made an unsuccessful attempt to reinforce the Timor garrison. Among the ships in the background, to the left, are the auxiliary minesweeper HMAS Terka (FY98) and SS Zealandia. Photo taken by Arthur W. Thomas, from the auxiliary minesweeper HMAS Tolga. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 43649.Robert Hurst
Peary 46kUSS Peary (DD-226) alongside the heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) at Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia on 15 February 1942. Later that day Houston and Peary departed Darwin with a small convoy to reinforce the garrison on Timor and was not present when Japanese aircraft raided Darwin four days later. The photo was taken from the corvette HMAS Warrnambool (J202). Image is available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: P05303.011.Robert Hurst
Peary 50kMemorial to the Peary showing her deck gun and plaque listed the crewmembers lost, taken in Darwin Australia August 2001 by SK2(SW) Gless during a port call on USS CHOSIN CG-65.SK2(SW) Gless
Peary 24kAs above, closeup of the plaque.SK2(SW) Gless
Peary 42kAs above, closeup of the gun.SK2(SW) Gless
Peary 43kAs above, the floral tributes were laid during the recent Battle of the Coral Sea celebrations (we celebrate it each year). The US Marines were in attendance too as they have a detachment stationed in Darwin.Kimberley Dunstan

USS PEARY DD-226 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR F. Singluff Jr.    Oct 22 1920 - ?
CDR John Strong Abbott    Jun 24 1921 - ?
LCDR Charles Andrews Lockwood, Jr.    ? 1922 - ?
CDR Guy Evans Baker    Jun 4 1925 - Jul 1926
LCDR William Kearney Phillips    1928 - Jul 25 1929 (Later ADM)
LCDR Adolf von Scheven Dickhart    Jul 25 1929 - Feb 1 1932 (Later COMO)
LCDR Martin Griffin    ? 1932 - ?
LCDR Ralph Frederick Skylstead    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR Edward Harral Jones    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR Thomas Tyler Beattie    ? 1938 - ?
LCDR Lawrence Eliott Divoll    Jul 28 1939 - ?
LCDR William George Lalor    ? 1939 - ?
LCDR Harry H. Keith    ? - Dec 1941
LCDR John Michael Bermingham    Dec 1941 - Feb 19 1942

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Billy E. Green
Address: 808 South Abrego Dr., Green Valley, AZ. 85614
Phone: (520)399-1125
E-mail: bgreen@theriver.com


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