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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, February 19, 1945
Invasion of Iwo Jima
Navy Construction Batallion 133 accompanied the Marine invasion force when the assault on Iwo Jima began on February 19, 1945. The Japanese held their first line of defense, delivering fire from their guns high on Mount Suribachi. The entire beach was covered by mortar, artillery and machine-gun fire from the surrounding hills. ... Seabees were in a precarious position, but they took the severe pounding delivered by the enemy and carried on the job of establishing and operating supply lines to the Marines.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 40

Name Service Branchsort ascending
CM 1c Robert Pirie USN
MM 2c Paul Davidich USN
F 1c Malcolm Rose USN
Sea 1c Philander Pittser USN
MM 2c Neldon Day USN
CM 2c Joseph Benson USN
CM 3c Earl Smull USN
CM 2c Glenn Floe USN
PhM 3c Lawrence Betz USN
SF 1c Jess Simpson USN
Sea 1c John Grudzina USN
Ch Carp Edwin Blythe USN
Lt Francis Robinson USN
EM 1c Hans Gatterer USN
MM 3c Norman Bondurant USN
Sea 1c Leonard Sale USN
Sea 1c Robert Geer USN
SF 3c John Butts USN
Ptr 3c Robert Martin USN
SF 3c Marvin Haynes USN


Various Sources