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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


Bismarck Sea

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 21, 1945
Kamikaze attacks at Iwo Jima
Bismarck Sea provided air support during the Iwo Jima Invasion. ... On Feburary 21, at 1845 she was attacked by two Japanese Kamikaze which started an uncontrolled fire. This set off some of the ammunition which Bismarck Sea carried. Exploding ammunition halted attempts to save the ship and Bismark Sea rolled-over and sank in 90 minutes. ... The lives of 318 men were lost during this action.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 321

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Wesley Morris USN
StM 1c James Moses USN
CPhM Edward Mullady USN
Sea 1c Robert Myers USN
AMM 3c Leroy Nagle USN
Cox Lawrence Nardi USN
SK 2c William Newton USN
Lt Robert Nissley USN
Sea 2c Amosy Noble USN
RM 3c Wilford Olsen USN
MM 3c Ole Olson USN
F 2c John Olson USN
EM 2c Jack Owens USN
StM 1c Talley Owens USN
F 1c Raymond Papke USN
Lt Stephen Papp USN
M 3c Warren Parrish USN
Sea 1c Orlando Passi USN
Sea 1c Carmen Patrick USN
STM 1c William Peary USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)