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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
PhM 2c James Genoa USN
AM 3c Henry Genzale USN
Sea 2c Robert Gonzales USN
Sea 1c Manuel Gonzales USN
Sea 1c Alfred Gonzales USN
Sea 1c James Gore USN
Sea 2c Harry Graham USN
Sea 1c Charles Gratzer USN
Sea 1c Frank Grech USN
Sea 2c Alfred Griffis USN
TM 3c Wilfred Gruber USN
Sea 2c Joseph Guidry USN
F 1c Charles Gunst USN
Sea 1c Kermit Haltli USN
Sea 2c Roy Hammack USN
EM 2c Raymond Handley USN
QM 3c Royal Hanrahan USN
StM 1c Orsby Harrell USN
QM 2c Homer Harris USN
AMM 3c Mack Harrison USN


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