- Class: Clemson - 144 flush-deck destroyers of 1917-18
- Displacement: 1,190 tons
- Dimensions: 310(wl) 314.5(oa) x 31.75 x 8.75 ft.
- Machinery: 2-shaft geared turbines, S.H.P. 26,000 = 35 knots
- Armament: 4-4"/50 (4x1) guns, 12-21"(4x3) T.T.
- Complement: 150
- Builder: William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA
- Keel Laid: 9 Sep 1919
- Launched: 6 Apr 1920
- Commissioned: 27 Oct 1920
- Notes: Class comprised hull numbers 185-199 and 206-347. None commissioned in time for WW1. A total of 69 were lost or discarded by start of WW2. Many converted to minelayer (DM), minesweeper (DMS), or seaplane tender (AVD) configurations during WW2. Another 20 were transferred to Great Britain and Canada in Sep 1940. Peary and 12 sisters comprised DesRon 29, the destroyer force of the Asiatic Fleet in Dec 1941. She was undergoing repairs at Cavite, Luzon, when the Japanese struck and barely escaped. She was caught and sunk two months later by Japanese carrier aircraft in the raid on Darwin, Australia, 19 Feb 1942 - the first destroyer loss of the Pacific war after Pearl Harbor.