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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
Ck 3c Fan Wong USN
CWT Arthur Asling USN
Lt(jg) Marvin Bierman USN
Sea 1c Frank Cannata USN
Cox Frank Crain USN
Lt Eugene Shannon USN
AMM 2c Vincent Perez USN
RM 3c Wilford Olsen USN
ACRT Irving Turk USN
Cox Bruno Soltys USN
MM 3c Leo Jones USN
Sea 2c Herman Kemper USN
AM 1c Robert Manges USN
AM 2c Edward Mcgowan USN
Sea 1c John Menezes USN
Sea 1c James Duncan USN
C Pharm Alva Fowler USN
F 1c David Hayes USN
TM 3c Wilfred Gruber USN
Sea 2c Joseph Guidry USN


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