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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
Sea 1c William Whitlowe USN
Sea 1c Louis Bandow USN
SSM 3c Ellington Breaux USN
Sea 1c Leland Chavez USN
Sea 2c Billy Reed USN
Sea 2c Elwood Schachten USN
WT 3c Howard Ramey USN
Sea 1c Robert Myers USN
MM 3c Walter Sullivan USN
FC 3c Carol Stoen USN
Sea 2c Elton Hutchins USN
WT 2c Frederick Kling USN
Sea 1c Charles Liles USN
StM 1c Thomas Mcdaniel USN
CM 2c John Daniel USN
Sea 1c Gus Frechalos USN
AOM 1c Cliff Etheridge USN
MM 3c William Hillock USN
Sea 2c Harry Graham USN
QM 3c Charles Wilson USN


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