Cyrus David Carter
Cyrus David Carter
Carter, Cyrus David
WWII Roll of Honour; HistoryNT; Second World War, 1939-1945
Seattle, Washington (USA)
United States of America
USS Peary (DD-226)
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class
Ross Carter - Mother
USS Peary (DD-226)
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Cyrus David Carter was born on 11 February 1915 in Pennsylvania, to Mrs Ross Carter, of 87 Fairhaven Corry, Pennsylvania.
He enlisted on 2 January 1940 in Seattle. Carter transferred to USS Peary on 24 April 1940 and served as the Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (234-09-48). The Peary had endured a dramatic voyage to Australia in December 1941, after sustaining damage in a bombing attack on the Cavite Navy Yard in the Philippines. The crew camouflaged the ship with green paint borrowed from the Army, and took refuge during daylight by anchoring close to the islands and covering the ship with palm fronds. Many of the Peary's crew contracted malaria on this journey and eight men eventually died from the disease. They were attacked on 26 and 27 December, but avoided damage by violent manoeuvring. The Peary arrived in Darwin on 3 January. In January the Peary was operating on anti-submarine patrol, convoy and escort missions; while escorting troops from Darwin to Timor, the ship was again attacked. They returned to Darwin, refuelled and set off again with the cruiser USS Houston. A fruitless submarine chase exhausted the Peary's fuel, and she returned to Darwin in the early hours of 19 February. The Peary was hit early in the bombing of Darwin, and appears to have sunk within 40 minutes. The fifth bomb to hit the Peary caused the fatal damage that sent her to the bottom and it was said to be the last bomb dropped that day on the harbour. The Peary's machine guns continued to fire at the Japanese planes even as she sank. Eighty-eight officers and men, including Captain Bermingham, were killed; twenty of the fifty-seven survivors were wounded. In December 1942 the Peary was awarded one battle star for service in World War II.
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Second World War, 1939-1945; Bombing of Darwin; Roll of Honour; Northern Territory history; USS Peary
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