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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
Sea 2c Eugene Weaver USN
Sea 2c William Ballard USN
PhM 1c Robert Bobko USN
Sea 1c Dean Carver USN
RM 3c William Cuddington USN
Lt Darwin Schmidt USN
Sea 2c Darwin Peterson USN
Sea 2c Amosy Noble USN
AMM 1c Edward Towe USN
SSM 3c John Stovall USN
SM 2c Alfred Hubenak USN
F 1c Lloyd Koelling USN
Sea 1c William Lee USN
MM 3c Peter Maxemovich USN
Bug 1c Lee Meyer USN
Sea 2c Robert Frasheski USN
Sea 1c Gerald Foley USN
Sea 2c Roy Hammack USN
Sea 1c Charles Gratzer USN
ARM 2c Edward Lodzinski USN


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