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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 Marvin Watkins USN
AeroM 1c Victor Aycock USN
Sea 1c Donald Birtness USN
Sea 1c Etollo Carnesecca USN
F 1c Ray Crowe USN
WT 2c Arthur Shallow USN
Sea 2c Raymond Pinneo USN
MM 3c Ole Olson USN
Sea 1c Eli Tully USN
Sea 1c Joseph Sottile USN
AOM 2c Edward Hryn USN
Sea 2c Richard Kilburn USN
StM 1c Alfred Massenberg USN
ARM 1c Charles Mcguirk USN
Cox Henry Mertens USN
MM 3c William Echols USN
Sea 1c Ralph Foster USN
CRM George Heazle USN
Sea 2c Alfred Griffis USN
Sea 1c Wilton Stephenson USN


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