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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Irving Anderson USN
AM 1c George Beihl USN
Sea 1c Edward Burns USN
AMM 1c Joseph Columbia USN
SK 3c Harry Rosenblum USN
Sea 1c Carmen Patrick USN
EM 2c Jack Owens USN
AOM 2c Robert Vetter USN
Std 2c John Thomas USN
Sea 1c Fred Kanada USN
Sea 1c William Larson USN
Sea 1c Ralph Luers USN
RDM 3c Thomas Lindsey USN
B 1c William Meek USN
Lt George Dignan USN
AOM 2c Thomas Ford USN
Sea 2c Allan Harvey USN
Lt(jg) James Hempsted USN
ACMM George Gardner USN
CM 3c Douglas Yarbrough USN


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