From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Martin Koivisto '32

Date of birth: May 26, 1908

Date of death: February 19, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Martin was lost when USS Peary (DD 226) was sunk in Darwin harbor, Australia, by Japanese air attack on February 19, 1942. There is an extensive history of the ship's brief wartime career, beginning with the air raid at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines, on December 10, 1941 and including her harrowing escape to Australia.

He had temporary command of the ship while the commanding officer was ashore for meetings during an air attack in Manila Bay in December 1941; he received a commendation for maneuvering the ship in such a manner that it sustained only slight damage from the five flights of bombers.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a son.

Class of 1932

Martin is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 in Memorial Hall.