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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
BM 2c Frank Rotondella USN
F 1c George Santasky USN
Sea 2c Elwood Schachten USN
GM 3c Earnest Schaub USN
AMM 3c Thomas Schmidt USN
Lt Darwin Schmidt USN
AM 2c Clifford Schneider USN
Sea 1c John Sethman USN
Sea 2c Earl Sewell USN
WT 2c Arthur Shallow USN
Lt Eugene Shannon USN
Sea 2c Rufus Shrum USN
Sea 1 Howard Smalley USN
Cox James Smith USN
Cox Bruno Soltys USN
Sea 1c Joseph Sottile USN
Sea 1c Clyde Stafford USN
Sea 1c Rayford Stephens USN
Sea 1c Wilton Stephenson USN
Lt(jg) Edward Stoddard USN


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