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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
MM 3c Hubert Agin USN
RM 1c Milton Bartholomew USN
SC 2c John Brown USN
AM 3c Sidney Churchill USN
Sea 2c Arron Roeder USN
M 3c Warren Parrish USN
SP 2c William Plomteaux USN
Cox Lawrence Nardi USN
SSM 2c Paul Taylor USN
EM 3c Wilbur Jensen USN
Gunner Charles Krueger USN
Sea 2c Doyle Mahan USN
ARM 1c Patrick Looney USN
CSF Samuel Millay USN
F 1c Clarence Day USN
Sea 1c Berwyn Forrester USN
StM 1c Orsby Harrell USN
MM 2c Edwin Hill USN
AM 3c Henry Genzale USN
BM 2c Frank Williamson USN


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