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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 descending
LCdr John Mehlig USN
Ens Alfred Bargi USN
AMM 2c Lawrence Brighati USN
Y 3c Bernard Chism USN
AEM 2c John Rieger USN
Sea 1 Howard Smalley USN
StM 2c Howard Price USN
Lt Robert Nissley USN
StM 2c Cullen Taylor USN
Sea 1c Eldred Johnson USN
Lt Denny Ivey USN
ART 2c Evan Kinney USN
Ens Robert Lorenzen USN
GM 3c Hugh Moran USN
SK 3c Donald Day USN
Sea 1c Robert Frey USN
MM 1c Everett Ellis USN
Sea 1c William Hill USN
Sea 1c Manuel Gonzales USN
SK 3c Robert Winters USN


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