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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
AOM 2c Robert Vetter USN
StM 1c Clyde Walker USN
EM 1c George Wallick USN
Sea 1c Marvin Watkins USN
Sea 1c Cecil Waugh USN
Sea 2c Eugene Weaver USN
RDM 2c James Webb USN
AM 1c Gerald Wetzel USN
Sea 1c Carl Whitfield USN
Sea 1c William Whitlowe USN
Sea 1c Richard Wilhelm USN
StM 1c John Williams USN
BM 2c Frank Williamson USN
Sea 2c Matt Wilson USN
QM 3c Charles Wilson USN
SK 3c Robert Winters USN
Ck 3c Fan Wong USN
Lt Miller Wonn USN
MM 1c Robert Woolever USN
WT 1c Truman Wright USN


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