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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, February 18, 1945
Air Attack off Iwo Jima
During an air attack off Iwo Jima, 18 February 1945, Blessman was hit by a 500-pound bomb which exploded in the mess hall knocking out all power and starting fires; she suffered 40 killed and 23 wou nded. Her gallant crew extinguished the fires with assistance from Gilmore (DE-18) and the next day the damaged transport departed for Saipan and emergency repairs, in tow of Ardent (AM-340).

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 39

Namesort descending Service Branch
BM 2c Kermit Allen USN
PhM 2c John Arcisz USN
CCM Edwin Beason USN
MM 2c Burese Blackwood USN
CM 1c Harry Blanot USN
StM 1c Claudie Boyd USN
Sea 1c Paul Davis USN
SC 3c James Dimauro USN
MM 2c Frank Dimeling USN
MOMM 3c Patrick Dolan USN
CM 2c Joseph Flemming USN
MM 3c Paul Goldsborough USN
SF 1c Paul Gordon USN
RM 2c Richard Hawley USN
MM 2c Earl Hilke USN
Sea 1c Harold Jordan USN
GM 2c Louis Kalman USN
MM 3c Ralph Krepps USN
CM 3c Eugene Maki USN
SOM 2c Sidney Marshall USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships