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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
EM 3c Wilbur Jensen USN
CSM Lloyd Kottke USN
Sea 1c Joseph Maguire USN
Sea 1c James Long USN
Y 1c Virgil Mellgren USN
Sea 1c Antonine Derouen USN
Sea 2c William Ford USN
Bkr 3c Harry Harvat USN
Sea 1c Ross Henderson USN
PhM 2c James Genoa USN
MM 1c Robert Woolever USN
Cox David Ammaturo USN
CEM Alden Bartz USN
Ck 1c Melvin Bryant USN
Sea 1c John Cobb USN
BM 2c Frank Rotondella USN
Sea 1c Orlando Passi USN
Sea 1c Frank Placek USN
AMM 3c Leroy Nagle USN
LCdr Mercer Tharpe USN


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