USS Bismarck Sea Reunion 2008
These were my Grandpa's Shipmates and my Heros!
The USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) was the eleventh and last American Aircraft Carrier lost during World War II. She was sunk on February 21, 1945 by a kamikaze attack that occured just after sunset while engaged in the Battle for Iwo Jima. There was a loss of 321 men from the ship's company and the composite squadron VC-86 that was stationed on the ship at the time of the attack.
USS Bismarck Sea Facts
Launch Date: April 17, 1944
Commission Date: May 20, 1944
I wish to dedicate this site to my grandparents, members of the "Greatest Generation" in modern times.
EM2/C Harold "Gus" Kirchhoff - still serving aboard the USS Bismarck Sea
Kathryn V. Kirchhoff - who never remarried and raised their 3 girls alone.
Interview with a USS Bismarck Sea Survivor
The Link below will direct you to an interview with USS Bismarck Sea Survivor, Petty Officer 2/C Richard Kaplan. This interview was produced by Netnebraska TV and is posted on YouTube.
PETTY OFFICER 2/C RICHARD KAPLAN INTERVIEW
USS Bismarck Sea Message Center
Here you can post questions and comments concerning the history and crew of the USS Bismarck Sea. These messages remain posted for 60 days so if you haven't been contacted within that time frame please feel free to post again. I hope this feature might be a clearing house of information for those interested in the USS Bismarck Sea and her crew.
Click Ship's Patch Below to Access Message Center