LtCdr John Michael Bermingham

LtCdr John Michael Bermingham

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 19 Apr 1942 (aged 36)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56751071 · View Source
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Navy Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander John Michael Bermingham (NSN: 0-62695), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. PEARY (DD-226), during operations in enemy waters of the Philippine Islands and later Dutch Timor waters during the period from 10 December 1941 to 19 February 1942.

After Manila Bay became untenable as an operating base, Lieutenant Commander Bermingham piloted his vessel to Darwin, N.T, Australia, narrowly escaping by his skillful maneuvering the attacks of bombers and torpedo planes on one occasion and avoiding further attacks during daylight by ingeniously camouflaging and hiding his ship near land.

He later carried out a second hazardous mission in delivering gasoline to an airfield which was under continual enemy surveillance.

His action and good judgment not only saved his ship in the first instance but also insured the successful accomplishment of others.

During the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by approximately 80 enemy aircraft he fought his ship valiantly against continued dive bombing attacks and went down with the U.S.S. PEARY when she finally sank.

Lieutenant Commander Bermingham's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from New York.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LtCdr John Michael Bermingham (5 Jul 1905–19 Apr 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56751071, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .