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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
CM 3c Douglas Yarbrough USN
Ck 3c Levi Anderson USN
Std 2c Jesus Bergante USN
WT 1c Clinton Butler USN
RT 1c Richard Cotterell USN
F 1c George Santasky USN
STM 1c William Peary USN
StM 1c Talley Owens USN
F 1c Gerald Vanheel USN
AOM 2c Gordon Templeton USN
RDM 3c William Kallaus USN
ARM 1c James Land USN
AOM 2c Kermit Lyda USN
Lt(jg) Arthur Lindsey USN
Sea 2c Denis Meier USN
Sea 1c Fred Dimas USN
Sea 1c Porter Fox USN
AOM 1c Donald Harvey USN
AMM 1c Norman Heldt USN
RDM 3c Leroy Gault USN


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