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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 ascending
AM 1c Gerald Wetzel USN
F 1c Alfard Ballentine USN
Sea 2c Quinton Bonds USN
F 1c Ralph Chambley USN
Sea 1c John Dacke USN
GM 3c Earnest Schaub USN
Sea 2c Arthur Peters USN
StM 1c James Moses USN
EM 1c George Wallick USN
Lt(jg) Edward Stoddard USN
SK 3c Burton Huntley USN
Sea 1c Glen Knight USN
CCS Charles Lincoln USN
Sea 2c John Mccarthy USN
M 3c Winfred Darr USN
RT 3c Clavin Freeman USN
PhM 3c Samuel Evans USN
Sea 1c Kermit Haltli USN
Sea 1c James Gore USN
Sea 2c Carson Dalbey USN


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