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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
WT 1c Truman Wright USN
Lt Jose Andonegui USN
CY William Bernstein USN
SK 1c Robert Byers USN
Sea 1c Herbert Cottonjim USN
Sea 2c Earl Sewell USN
Sea 1c Leopoldo Pena USN
F 1c Raymond Papke USN
AMM 2c Charles Ungemach USN
Sea 1c Tom Taylor USN
GM 1c Joseph Kalenik USN
SF 3c Marselus Landry USN
Sea 1c Richard Mack USN
EM 3c Robert Lockhart USN
Sea 2c Antonio Mejia USN
RDM 3c Eugene Doran USN
F 1c George Franco USN
Sea 1c James Hart USN
Sea 1c Rupert Helms USN
Sea 1c Austin Morgan USN


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