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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
SK 3c Robert Winters USN
Lt Herbert Laflamme USN
TM 1c Samuel Barnette USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Broome USN
SP 1c Walter Chullo USN
Sea 2c Allen Roeder USN
Cox James Smith USN
CM 2c Ralph Pyatt USN
SK 2c William Newton USN
SSML 2c George Taylor USN
Sea 1c John Jensen USN
RT 2c William Jackman USN
Sea 1c Dewayne Majerus USN
TM 1c Brent Loring USN
Sea 1c Marvin Miller USN
Sea 1c Thaddeus Dec USN
Sea 2c Joe Friday USN
QM 2c Homer Harris USN
Sea 2c Burle Hill USN
Sea 1c Alfred Gonzales USN


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