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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 ascending Service Branch
SPM 3c James Fink USN
AMM 1c Edward Fencil USN
PhM 3c Samuel Evans USN
AOM 1c Cliff Etheridge USN
MM 1c Everett Ellis USN
MM 3c William Echols USN
Sea 2c Thayer Earl USN
Bmkr 3c Charles Dunning USN
Sea 1c James Duncan USN
RDM 3c Eugene Doran USN
Sea 1c Fred Dimas USN
Lt George Dignan USN
Sea 1c Antonine Derouen USN
Sea 1c Thaddeus Dec USN
MM 3c Truman Deaton USN
SK 3c Donald Day USN
F 1c Clarence Day USN
R Elec John Datko USN
M 3c Winfred Darr USN
CM 2c John Daniel USN


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