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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 Earl Barbre USN
Lt Fred Breaux USN
PhoM 1c Joseph Chefetz USN
Sea 1c Max Reed USN
Sea 2c Rufus Shrum USN
AMM 3c Harold Price USN
CPhM Edward Mullady USN
AOM 2c Odis Talkington USN
Sea 2c Thomas Johnson USN
Sea 2c John Huse USN
EM 2c Harold Kirchhoff USN
Sea 1c John Love USN
Ch Mach John Minza USN
MM 3c Truman Deaton USN
RDM 2c Irvin Fries USN
AMM 1c Edward Fencil USN
Lt Coyle Hillyard USN
Sea 2c Robert Gonzales USN
Sea 2c Matt Wilson USN
RDM 3c Charles Haselhorst USN


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