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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
FC 3c Carol Stoen USN
SSM 3c John Stovall USN
MM 3c Walter Sullivan USN
AOM 2c Odis Talkington USN
StM 2c Cullen Taylor USN
SSML 2c George Taylor USN
SSM 2c Paul Taylor USN
Sea 1c Tom Taylor USN
Sea 1c Manuel Teichman USNR
AOM 2c Gordon Templeton USN
LCdr Mercer Tharpe USN
Std 2c John Thomas USN
Sea 1c Clifford Thompson USN
AMM 1c Edward Towe USN
F 1c Harry Trace USN
Sea 1c Eli Tully USN
ACRT Irving Turk USN
GM 2c Ira Turner USN
AMM 2c Charles Ungemach USN
F 1c Gerald Vanheel USN


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