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USS FORREST (DD-461 / DMS-24)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUFK

CLASS - GLEAVES As Built.
Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard January 6 1941.
Launched June 14 1941 and commissioned January 13 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-24 November 15 1944.
Decommissioned November 30 1945.
Stricken December 19 1945.
Fate Sold November 20 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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- Dulany Forrest entered the Navy as a midshipman 22 May 1809, and served in the frigates President and Essex. Attached to the Lake Erie Station in the War of 1812, Acting Lieutenant Forrest was severely wounded while serving in flagship Lawrence in the Battle of Lake Erie 10 September 1813. His gallant action won him commendation from Commodore 0. H. Perry. Following the war he served in Java and John Adams, and commanded schooners Beagle and Porpoise in the campaign against West Indies pirates. Lieutenant Forrest died while in command of the store ship Decoy in the Caribbean 1 October 1825.Robert M. Cieri
Forrest 82kArtist's conception of the Forrest as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Forrest 113kMiss Eileen Fairfax Thomson christens USS Forrest (DD-461), 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1250-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 102kCommemorative cachet issued for dual launching of USS Forrest (DD-461) and USS Fitch (DD-462), 14 June 1941. (Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11150)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 84kStern view of USS Forrest (DD-461) and USS Fitch (DD-462) in Dry Dock 2 of the Boston Navy Yard immediately after launching, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1219-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11126)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 98kBow view of USS Fitch (DD-462) [left] and USS Forrest (DD-461) [right] awaiting launch on Shipways 2 of the Boston Navy Yard, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1230-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 177kStern view of USS Forrest (DD-461) [left] and USS Fitch (DD-462) [right] awaiting launch on Shipways 2 of the Boston Navy Yard, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1230-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 154kStern view of launch of USS Forrest (DD-461) from Shipways 2 of the Boston Navy Yard, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1239-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 70kBow view of USS Fitch (DD-462) [left] and USS Forrest (DD-461) in Dry Dock 2 of the Boston Navy Yard immediately after launching, 14 June 1941. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1243-41, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11148)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 67kUSS Forrest (DD-461) in Boston Harbor, 25 April 1943. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1854-43, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11146)Michael Polchenko/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 63kUSS Forrest (DD-461) in Boston Harbor, 25 April 1943. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 1855-43, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11146)Ed Zajkowski/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Forrest 113kUSS Forrest (DD-461)alongside USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) for refueling, 20 February 1944. Photographed from on board Guadalcanal. Port bow surface view, seen from about the height of the top of Forrest's pilothouse. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-383847.Steve Graham/Mike Green

USS FORREST DD-461 / DMS-24 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Merle Van Metre    Jan 13 1942 - Mar 12 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Kenneth Pearle Letts    Mar 12 1943 - Nov 11 1944
LCDR Sanford Elza Woodard    Nov 11 1944 - Nov 17 1945
LCDR Bernard Albert Hernan    Nov 17 1945 - Nov 30 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Forrest (DMS-24)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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