Monday, October 15, 2012

List of Ships At The Battle of Iwo Jima

This is my work in progress list of ship that participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima (Feb-March 1945). Over 600 ships participated in the invasion force and I could not find a master list of ships who took part in the invasion. Most of the information has come from ship websites, articles, unit histories and books about the battle. I am very interested in finding a list of what Marine Divisions were on which ships. I have added important notes behind certain ship to denote interesting or historic facts about that particular ship during the battle. If you see that a ship is not listed please contact me so I can add it to the list.

List of Ships at Iwo Jima

    Amphibious Command Ship
  • USS Auburn (AGC-10) Command Ship Amphibious Group 2
  • USS Eldorado (AGC-11) Invasion Command Ship Gen Holland Smith/James Forrestal
  • USS Estes (AGC-12) D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action Command Ship


  • Aircraft Carriers
  • USS Saratoga (CV-3) Hit by Japanese Aircraft 2/21 123KIA
  • USS Enterprise(CV-6)
  • USS Essex (CV-9) TF58
  • USS Hornet(CV-12)
  • USS Lexington(CV-16)
  • USS Bunker Hill(CV-17)
  • USS Wasp(CV-18)
  • USS Hancock(CV-19)
  • USS Bennington(CV-20)
  • USS Belleau Wood(CVL-24)
  • USS Cowpens(CVL-25)
  • USS San Jacinto(CVL-30)


  • Escort Carriers
  • USS Anzio (CVE-57) VC-82
  • USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62) VC-81
  • USS Wake Island (CVE-65) VOC-1
  • USS Tulagi (CVE-72)
  • USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80)VC-76
  • USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81) VC-77
  • USS Saginaw Bay (CVE-82)
  • USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83) VC-79
  • USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84)
  • USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) VC-90
  • USS Windham Bay (CVE-92)
  • USS Makin Bay (CVE-93)VC-84
  • USS Lunga Point (CVE-94)VC-85
  • USS Bismark Sea (CVE-95)VC-86 Sunk by Kamikaze 2/21/45 119KIA
  • USS Salamaua (CVE-96)
  • USS Asmiralty Islands (CVE-99)
  • USS Bougainville (CVE-100)


  • Battleships
  • USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  • USS Texas (BB-35) June 6th 1944 D-Day Veteran
  • USS Nevada (BB-36)
  • USS Idaho (BB-42)
  • USS Tennessee (BB-43) 2/17 Hit by Japanese Coastal Gun/Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • USS North Carolina (BB-55)
  • USS Washington (BB-56)
  • USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  • USS Indiana (BB-58)
  • USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
  • USS New Jersey (BB-62)
  • USS Missouri (BB-63)
  • USS Wisconsin (BB-64)


  • Hospital Ships
  • USS Solace (AH-5)
  • USS Bountiful (AH-9)
  • USS Samaritan (AH-10)
  • USS Pickney (APH-9)


  • Cruiser
  • USS Alaska (CB-1)
  • USS Pensacola (CA-24)
  • USS Salt Lake City (CA-25)
  • USS Chester (CA-27)
  • USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  • USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  • USS San Francisco (CA-38)
  • USS San Diego (CL-53)
  • USS San Juan (CL-54)
  • USS Santa Fe (CL-60)
  • USS Vincennes (CL-64)
  • USS Pasadena (CL-65)
  • USS Baltimore (CA-68)
  • USS Boston (CA-69)
  • USS Biloxi (CL-80)
  • USS Vicksburg (CL-86)
  • USS Miami (CL-89)
  • USS Astoria (CL-90)
  • USS Flint (CL-97)
  • USS Wilkes-Barre (CL-103)


  • Destroyers
  • USS Mitchell (DE-43)
  • USS Dorsey (DD-117)
  • USS Gamble (DD-123/DM-15) Hit by Air Attack 2/18 5KIA
  • USS Riddle (DD-185)
  • USS Crowley (DE-303)
  • USS Holloran (DE-305)
  • USS Finnegan (DE-307)
  • USS Aylwin (DE-355)
  • USS Mccall (DD-400)
  • USS Guest (DD-472)
  • USS Bennett (DD-473)
  • USS Fullam (DD-474)
  • USS Hudson (DD-475)
  • USS Pringle (DD477)
  • USS Stanly (DD-478)
  • USS Leutze (DD-481) April 17 Hit by Shore Batteries
  • USS Newcomb (DD-486) Awarded Navy Unit Citation during Battle
  • USS Terry (DD-513) 2/28 Hit by Iwo Shore Gun 11KIA
  • USS Anthony (DD-515)
  • USS Mullany (DD-528)
  • USS Bradford (DD-545)
  • USS Capps (DD-550)
  • USS Halligan (DD-584)
  • USS Izard (DD-589)
  • USS Twiggs (DD-591)
  • USS Howorth (DD-592)
  • USS Harrison (DD-573)
  • USS Stembel (DD-644)
  • USS Thorn (DD-647)
  • USS Vab Valkenburgh (DD-656)
  • USS Heywood L. Edwards (DD-663) Awarded Navy Unit Citation during Battle
  • USS Bryant (DD-665) Awarded Navy Unit Citation during Battle
  • USS Healy (DD-672)
  • USS Porterfield(DD-682)
  • USS John W. Weeks(DD-701)
  • USS Weaver (DE-741)
  • USS Callaghan (DD-792)
  • USS Irwin (DD-794)
  • USS Colhoun (DD-801) Hit by Shore Batteries 2/27/45
  • USS Gregory (DD-802)
  • USS Little (DD-803)
  • USS Rooks (DD-804)


  • High Speed Transport
  • USS Gilmer (APD-11)
  • USS Blessman (APD-48) D-2 2/17 UDT Action, 2/18 Hit by Betty Bombs 42KIA


  • Troop Transport
  • USS Thurston (AP-77)
  • USS President Monroe (AP-104)
  • USS George F. Elliott (AP-105)
  • USS Ozark (AP-107/LSV-2)
  • USS Storm King (AP-171)
  • USS Cape Johnson (AP-172) 3rd MarDiv
  • USS Herald of the Morning (AP-173)


  • Attack Transport
  • USS Harry Lee (PA-10)
  • USS Zeilin (APA-3)
  • USS Feland (APA-11)
  • USS President Adams (APA-19)3rd MarDiv
  • USS Hocking (APA-21) 5th Marine Division
  • USS Bayfield (APA-33) Hdq 4th Marine Division General Cates
  • USS Callaway (APA-35) 3rd Joint Assault Signal Co, 3rd MarDiv
  • USS Fayette (APA-43) 28th Replacement Draft
  • USS Fremont (APA-44)
  • USS Knox (APA-46)
  • USS Barrow (APA-61) 5th Amphibious Corps
  • USS Berrien (APA-62)
  • USS Bladen (APA-63)
  • USS Carteret (APA-70)
  • USS Frederick Funston (APA-89) 3rd Marine Division
  • USS James O'Hara (APA-90) 28th Replacement Draft
  • USS Baxter (APA-94)
  • USS Cecil (APA-96) 5th Marine Battlion
  • USS Hansford (APA-106) 5th Marine Div
  • USS Highlands (APA-119) 2/27 Marines
  • USS Hinsdale (APA-120) 2nd Armored Amphibious Battalion
  • USS Hocking (APA-121) 26th Reg 5th Division
  • USS Attala (APA-130) Delivered 90th Naval Construction/8th Construc Reg.
  • USS Beckham (APA-133)
  • USS Lowndes (APA-154)
  • USS Mellette (APA-156) 4th MarDiv
  • USS Napa (APA-157) 2/21 Hit by Japanese Aircraft/ Rammed by Logan
  • USS Newberry (APA-158) Hdq Co. 4th Marine Division
  • USS Darke (APA-159) 26th Marines Weapons Co,1st Rckt Sec 5th MarDiv
  • USS Deuel (APA-160) 26th Marines 5th Marine Division
  • USS Dickens (APA-161)-Green Beach
  • USS Berrien (APA-162)
  • USS Golden City (APA-164) Not in assault, Brought 26th Marines back
  • USS Winged Arrow (APA-170)
  • USS Grimes (APA-172) Embarked 4th Marine Division/2nd Armored Amph Batt 3/17
  • USS Hyde (APA-173) US Army 947th AAA / 5th Marine Divsion
  • USS Kingsbury (APA-177) 23rd Marines
  • USS Landers (APA-178) Disembarked 4th Marine Division
  • USS Pickens (APA-190) 4th Marine Division
  • USS Rutland (APA-192)1/27 Marines
  • USS Sanborn (APA-193) 4th Marine Division Silver Star BM1c William D. Maroney
  • USS Sandoval (APA-194) 3/27th Marines
  • USS Lenawee (APA-195) 5th MarDiv & 67th Naval Construction Battalion
  • USS Logan (APA-196) 10th Amphibious Tractor Battalion /4th MarDiv/ Rammed Napa
  • USS Lubbuck (APA-197) 5th Marine Division
  • USS Sibley (APA-206)
  • USS Mifflin (APA-207)
  • USS Talladega (APA-208) 5th Marine Division
  • USS Missoula (APA-211)- 28th Marines 1st Flag for Iwo Jima flag raising
  • USS Randall (APA-224)
  • USS Rockbridge (APA-228)
  • USS Sevier (APA-233)


  • Attack Cargo Ship
  • USS Electra (AKA-4) 5th Marine Division
  • USS Artemis (AKA-21)
  • USS Athene (AKA-22)
  • USS Leo (AKA-60)
  • USS Muliphen (AKA-61)
  • USS Tolland (AKA-64) Wpns Co CT HQ 26th Marines
  • USS Shoshone (AKA-65)
  • USS Southampton (AKA-66) 25th Marines 4th MarDiv
  • USS Starr (AKA-67)
  • USS Stokes (AKA-68)
  • USS Warrick (AKA-89)
  • USS Whiteside (AKA-90)
  • USS Whitley (AKA-91) 2/28 Hit by Japanese Air Attack
  • USS Yancey (AKA-93)


  • Landing Ship, Infantry/Motar/Rocket
  • LCI-346 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action
  • LCI-348 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action
  • LCI-356
  • LCI(L)-423
  • LCI(G)-438 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action-hit by Iwo shore Guns
  • LCI(G)-441 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action-hit by Iwo Shore Guns 7KIA
  • LCI(G)-449 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action Medal Of Honor Lt. Com. Rufus G Herring/21KIA
  • LCI(G)-450 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action-hit by Iwo shore Guns
  • LCI(G)-457 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action-hit by Iwo shore Guns-1KIA
  • LCI(M)-460 D-2 2/25 Hit by Iwo Shore Guns
  • LCI(G)-466 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action-hit by Iwo shore Guns-5KIA
  • LCI(G)-469 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action-hit by Iwo shore Guns
  • LCI(G)-471 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action
  • LCI(G)-473 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action-hit by Iwo shore Guns
  • LCI(R)-474 D-2 2/17/45 UDT Action-hit by Iwo shore Guns Sunk 3KIA
  • LCI(L)-628
  • LCI(R)-708
  • LCI(L)-772
  • LCI(L)-994
  • LCI(L)-995
  • LCI(L)-998


  • Landing Ship, Tank
  • LST-9 3d & 11th Armored Amphibian Battalion
  • LST-10
  • LST-11 5th Marine Division
  • LST-13
  • LST-14
  • LST-15
  • LST-16
  • LST-26
  • LST-27
  • LST-28
  • LST-34
  • LST-35
  • LST-36
  • LST-37
  • LST-38
  • LST-42
  • LST-70
  • LST-84 Landed 506th AAA Anti-Aircraft Battalion 2/25/45
  • LST-121
  • LST-126
  • LST-166
  • LST-202
  • LST-206
  • LST-211
  • LST-224
  • LST-241 5th Marine Div
  • LST-264
  • LST-274
  • LST-354
  • LST-390
  • LST-399
  • LST-447 Hit by dual suicide attack 7KIA landed 3rd Tank Battalion
  • LST-449(UF)
  • LST-481
  • LST-587(GF) 4th MarDiv
  • LST-588 2x30 Causeway Unit
  • LST-628
  • LST-634
  • LST-642(Radar) 4th Marine Division Hdq Battlion
  • LST-643
  • LST-648
  • LST-676 (later USS Yupai APB-42)
  • LST-684 Brought LCT 1028
  • LST-713(UF) Brought LCT-866 Blue Beach Flagship
  • LST-714 4th MarDiv
  • LST-715 Brought LCT-630
  • LST-716
  • LST-723(Radar) 4th MarDiv
  • LST-726
  • LST-727 Yellow Beach
  • LST-731
  • LST-756(GF) Brought LCT-632
  • LST-758 Hdq co 1st B 28th Marines 5th Marine Div/2x30 Causeway Unit USCG Ship Hit
  • LST-760(GF) 3X12 Barge Unit USCG Ship - hit by shore battery
  • LST-761 E/2/23 4th Division/2x30 Causeway Unit
  • LST-763 2x30 Causeway Unit
  • LST-764 10th Amphibian Tractor Battalion 4th MarDiv/2x30 Causeway Unit
  • LST-767
  • LST-779 2nd Flag for Flag Raising/2nd 155mm Howitzer Battalion/3X12 Barge Unit
  • LST-782(UF)
  • LST-784 3X12 Barge Unit
  • LST-785
  • LST-787 2x30 Causeway Unit
  • LST-789
  • LST-792(Radar) USCG Ship - hit by shore battery
  • LST-795
  • LST-807 Floating Post Office Ship for Iwo Operation w/ 4th MarDiv
  • LST-808
  • LST-812 4th MarDiv
  • LST-928
  • LST-929(H) 3X12 Barge Unit
  • LST-930(H) 3X12 Barge Unit
  • LST-931 3X12 Barge Unit-A Co 2nd Armored Amphibious Battalion
  • LST-940
  • LST-944
  • LST-1032
  • LST-1033(H) 3X12 Barge Unit


  • Landing Craft Tank
  • LCT-630
  • LCT-631
  • LCT-632
  • LCT-866
  • LCT-1028
  • LCT-1029 Landing Craft, Tank sunk at Battle 3/2/45
  • LCT-1030
  • LCT-1031
  • LCT-1055
  • LCT-1269
  • LCT-1154
  • LCT-1404


  • Landing Ship Medium
  • LSM-43
  • LSM-44
  • LSM-46
  • LSM-47
  • LSM-48
  • LSM-49
  • LSM-59
  • LSM-60 (GF)
  • LSM-70
  • LSM-74
  • LSM-92
  • LSM-126
  • LSM-140
  • LSM-141
  • LSM-143
  • LSM-145
  • LSM-201
  • LSM-202
  • LSM-206
  • LSM-207
  • LSM-211
  • LSM-216 2/20 hit by Japanese aircraft
  • LSM-238
  • LSM-239
  • LSM-241
  • LSM-242
  • LSM-260
  • LSM-261
  • LSM-264 (GF)
  • LSM-266
  • LSM-323


  • Landing Craft Support
  • LCS(L)(3)-31
  • LCS(L)(3)-32
  • LCS(L)(3)-33
  • LCS(L)(3)-34
  • LCS(L)(3)-35
  • LCS(L)(3)-51
  • LCS(L)(3)-53
  • LCS(L)(3)-55
  • LCS(L)(3)-56


  • Submarines
  • USS Spearfish (SS-190) (recon in 12/44)


  • Submarine Chaser
  • SC-724
  • SC-1066
  • SC-1272
  • SC-1298
  • SC-1314
  • SC-1315
  • SC-1316
  • SC-1360
  • SC-1374


  • Landing Craft Repair Ship
  • USS Agenor (ARL-3)


  • Dry Dock Landing Ship
  • USS Ashland (LSD-1)
  • USS Belle Grove (LSD-2)
  • USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)Brought LCT-631,LCT-1029, LCT-1154


  • Attack Ammunition Ship
  • USS Shasta (AE-6)
  • USS Wrangell (AE-12)


  • Troopship
  • SS Sea Sturgeon


  • Transport
  • USS Hercules (AK-41)


  • Mine Laying ship
  • USS Keokuk (CMc-6) Damaged by Kamikaze 2/21/45


  • Merchant Marines-Victory Ships
  • SS Britain Victory
  • SS Columbia Victory
  • SS China Victory
  • SS Joliet Victory
  • SS Kingsport Victory
  • SS Legion Victory
  • SS Cape Fear
  • SS Cape Georgia
  • SS Cape Isabel
  • SS Cape San Martin
  • SS Cape Stevens
  • SS Dashing Wave
  • SS John Drake Sloat


  • Fleet Tug
  • USS Sioux(ATF-75)
  • USS Ute (ATF-76)
  • USS Cree (ATF-84)
  • USS Zuni (ATF-95) Yellow Beach 2 KIA & Damaged while rescue LST-727
  • USS Hitchiti (ATF-103)


  • Patrol Craft Escort
  • PCE-877 (USS Havre)


  • Patrol Craft
  • PC-463
  • PC-469 Manned by USCG US Coast Guard
  • PC-578 Yellow Beach Command Ship
  • PC-1081


  • Mine Sweeper
  • USS Defense (AM-317)
  • USS Devastator (AM-318)
  • USS Ardent (AM-340)
  • PCS-1404
  • PCS-1421
  • PCS-1452
  • PCS-1455
  • PCS-1460
  • PCS-1461


  • Other
  • SS Sea Runner
  • USS Hamul (AD-20) Destroyer Tender
  • USS Gear (ARS-34) Rescue and salvage Ship
  • USS Zebra (AKN-5) Net Cargo Ship
  • USS Suamico (AO-49)Oiler


  • Contributors: American Merchant Marine at War, www.usmm.org, US Militaria Forum Members,Iwo Jima Veterans and Families, B. Burns, Jim Simons.

    List Copyright ©2010 Leonardo Flores.

7 comments:

  1. My husband was a Navy Corpsman with the 3rd Marine Division. The USS Cape Johnson 9aP172) was the troop transport that brought him from Guam to Iwo Jima.

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  2. That should have been (AP-172). Sorry.

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  3. Thank you! The note has been added. Only the greatest respects for your Husbands service in WWII! LF

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  4. LST 808 also participated in the battle of Iwo Jima. My husbands grandfather Marlin Henry was on that ship, as a radar operator. The following is from a website with history of this ship: LST-808



    LST-808 was laid down on 1 August 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 15 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. W. I. Oliver; and commissioned on 29 September 1944.



    During World War II, LST-808 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in Feburary 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April through June 1945. LST-808 was torpedoed by a Japanese kamikaze off le Shima on 18 May 1945. Grounded on a reef following the torpedoing, she was destroyed on 11 November 1945 and struck from the Navy list. LST-808 earned two battle stars for World War II service.


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  5. Thank you Bonnie, the ship has been noted on my list! It is greatly appreciated as it is more difficult to document these smaller ships. Thank you again! Leonardo

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  6. Thank you for creating this site. I am looking for guidance in my quest to learn which ship my uncle was on during WWII. All I really know is; He definitely was on a ship at Iwo Jima and he was wounded but survived. His name was Charles Leonard Mayes, Jr. and he lived his life in Evansville, Indiana. He was born; 9/23/1925 and died; 8/18/1988. I hate to bother somebody with something which seems I could do myself but I keep hitting stone walls. Thank you again, whether you can help or not, I appreciate and love sites like yours.

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  7. Yes I think I found him looks like he was on the USS Wasp. I'll post more info when I get home later today.

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