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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
StM 1c Thomas Mcdaniel USN
AM 2c Edward Mcgowan USN
ARM 1c Charles Mcguirk USN
Sea 1c John Mclellan USN
Sea 1c Russell Mcmorris USN
B 1c William Meek USN
LCdr John Mehlig USN
Sea 2c Denis Meier USN
Sea 2c Antonio Mejia USN
Y 1c Virgil Mellgren USN
Sea 1c John Menezes USN
Sea 1c Perry Mercer USN
Cox Henry Mertens USN
Sea 2c Andrew Mesenburg USN
Bug 1c Lee Meyer USN
CSF Samuel Millay USN
Sea 1c Marvin Miller USN
Ch Mach John Minza USN
GM 3c Hugh Moran USN
Sea 1c Austin Morgan USN


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