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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 Cecil Waugh USN
GM 2c Wayne Baker USN
F 1c Theodore Blomberg USN
AMM 3c Ray Carson USN
Sea 1c Delton Cruce USN
AMM 3c Thomas Schmidt USN
AOM 3c Robert Pfeifer USN
F 2c John Olson USN
F 1c Harry Trace USN
Sea 1c Clyde Stafford USN
Lt(jg) Carl Hubert USN
Sea 1c Vincent Kohlerman USN
Sea 1c Harry Lee USN
Sea 1c John Mclellan USN
Sea 2c Andrew Mesenburg USN
Sea 2c Thayer Earl USN
Sea 1c Ruben Flores USN
QM 3c Royal Hanrahan USN
F 1c Charles Gunst USN
Sea 1c Carl Whitfield USN


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